Please be safe and happy tonight, and every night through 2012. And I plan to say the same thing next year, no matter what the Mayan calendar says. 🙂
I’ve been pondering and thinking and wondering and procrastinating about what to write to ring in the new year, and to celebrate my heartattackiversary (and about a lot of other things too, but we’ll stick to the new year for now). And tonight I think I finally found it.
I was looking through Facebook earlier today and found a post about the new year that I really found amusing… so naturally I wanted to make fun of the poster share it with you here. It was pretty much like this:
Derp: Happy New Year to all my friends in Derpland! Wonder what your resolutions will be lol!
Derpina: I never make resolutions cuz I think there’s no need to wait until next year to change something you don’t like about your self tralala…
Derp: OMG right?!?! Like why wait? There’s no time like the present lol!
Me: 😐 Oh to be 14 and in control of everything in my life.
For those who can just decide to make a personal change at any old time and see it through, I salute you. But I’m writing today to those of us who live here in the “real” world, where change isn’t something that we have the opportunity to do every day. Kids, jobs, bills, bosses, life, cats… these things seem to force us into routine. As a kid we think when we are older we will be able to have control of our own lives, to do/be whatever we want. As we actually get a little older we think that when we have enough money we’ll be able to do/be whatever we want. And as we get still a little older we think that there is so much depending on us, and once we get through all of that, we’ll be able to do/be whatever we want.
I think the part that we lose sight of once we turn.. oh 4 or 5.. is that we have had the power to do/be whatever we want all along. We lose sight of that because we have been brought up believing that it’s wrong to put ourselves first (ok… so certain exceptions apply here. Yes, hipsters, I’m talking to you) and most of us have taken that to the extreme that we give up who we are entirely because we think that’s what we need to do in order to make other people happy. That somehow we need to become some different version of ourselves. Not who we really are, but a person that others expect us to be. And maybe we do that to let those around us be who they want to be, or at least who we think they want to be. (Confused yet? Ya me too!) And all we end up with is a lot of people pretending they’re happy in order to make other people happy… and nobody is really happy!
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~Raymond Hull
(bring it back Hathaway)
OK so short version of that = if you want the people around you to be happy, be happy with yourself.
I love the thought of making change whenever we want, it’s just that it’s seldom easy to do. Which brings me to the point of the post (finally!!!)
I’m one of those people who like new. I like new car smell. I like new dogs and cats (aka puppies and kitties). I like new undies and adventures and I like New Years. Remember that part a couple of paragraphs ago about routine? (you can go back and reread, I’ll wait). Well a new year isn’t routine. Yes, it happens every year, but it is pretty much the opposite of routine… it’s what it’s name implies. It’s a New year! And new means starting over, beginning again, clean slate, a new calendar, new numbers, a new tax season. 🙂
With the new year, and according to some superstitions the last year you’ll get, I challenge you to not just make 2012 another year. Don’t let this chance to start something new pass you by. And don’t settle for the same old resolutions that everybody makes. Make 2012 the year of your revolution; a chance to break away from the old you and become the person you’ve always wanted to be. A revolution is: “a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.”
This is your time to make that fundamental change.
So let’s take pause as we remember all the things we meant to do last year, or last decade(s), and remember that the only thing we can really change in life is… us. The biggest difference we can have on those around us, on the world, and most definitely on ourselves, is to become who we were meant to be. I love who you are… let everyone else have a chance to love that person too!