Halloween.Thanksgiving. My Birthday. Christmas. New Year’s.
I’ve had 57 of them (well technically 57 of the last three, but you know what I mean).
When I was little it was an eternity before they would roll around again.
Since I’ve been an adult I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with the holidays. I start out so happy and festive on Halloween…and then by Thanksgiving I can’t wait to see family and am on a cheerfully steady roll toward the big one – Christmas. Then by New Year’s I’m exhausted, chubby, older, grumpy, and can’t wait to bid family and friends farewell.
I’m still waiting for them to leave.
While everyone sleeps in this morning after a night of reveling, I find I finally have peace and quiet and a moment to breathe.
What are my resolutions for 2015?
I go through the usual…lose weight, eat better, exercise, actively help humankind and animals in a meaningful way, take an exotic vacation, mark off bucket list items, then I always add a couple of fluff items that are easy to mark off like plant a garden (it comes up on it’s own now), and get rid of crap we don’t need. Done.
I’m already physically and mentally spent, so why do I do this to myself?
I let go of the resolutions. Finally. Forever.
I think it’s time to just celebrate me, and you celebrate you.
Do you know how hard it is to wake up every morning and take up our mantle of responsibility/expectation no matter how heavy it may be? Yet we do it. Day after day, year after year, and we forget to pat ourselves on the back for it.
We forget that this is our time.
So this year I resolve to be happy. That’s it.
Just. Be. Happy.
Be happy being me…warts and all. Right now. Whoever, whatever, and wherever I am.
I don’t need to do anything to be the best I can be, I already am. And so are you. Just the way you are. Right now.
This is OUR TIME. Don’t sleep at the wheel by comparing yourself to anyone else. Enjoy the ride knowing that you don’t have to make it matter because it already does. There will never be another you that passes this way again.
You were meant to be here, and you being you is the most genuinely important thing you will ever do.
Time doesn’t give us mulligans.
2015 is your year to be free of the expectation of being anything else but you.
Just. Be. Happy.
‘Til next time.