Happy New Year!
That right there is our theme for the Month of January: Happiness! Our YW Bloggers have collectively decided to throw out resolutions to lose weight, find love, change this, fix that – and be happy about something we accomplished or loved about ourselves in 2013.Setting a resolution every January is inherently negative; it starts the New Year off with something we didn’t like about the year before! So, rather than a resolution we want to know:
What is one thing you would like to celebrate about yourself going into the New Year?
Growing Older….and if you will indulge me a little I will explain.
This year ending, I turned 50, and with the accomplishment of living 50 years came for me a realization that I realistically have less years left to live, than I have already experienced. Though some would shutter at the thought of this…and trust me there were some wide-eyed expressions and comments when I felt the need to share this thought. All reactions aside…this realization provided me with one of my biggest AHA Moments ever.
In that moment, I realized it will do me no real good to look back……the past is, just that….the past – so I gave myself the gift of acceptance of my past….treasuring fondly the special times I will forever hold dear, as well as acknowledging my most difficult times and the sometimes less than perfect way I may have handled them. Acceptance made me feel lighter.
So in that lightness, came the Question I needed to answer for myself………How did I want to spend the time I have left?
In this new year, and hopefully years to come, I will celebrate Growing Older, with the emphasis on GROWING, I look forward to expanding my world to include new adventures, and new experiences, while holding dear the people and moments that will always mean the most to me. I will work hard to also live in the present – to truly experience what is happening in the here and now. To embrace each day, every challenge with enthusiasm and humour!
In a youth oriented culture, I sense a shift in the fear of getting older and I would like to be counted as one of the women that helps to define a new meaning for growing old, not as something to dread, but as an exciting next chapter to the story of your life. Let’s embrace the value of life experience, not dismiss it.
So, going into this coming new year, I will celebrate growing older and embrace a feeling of gratitude for the gift of life, a feeling I hope to share with everyone, of any age.
I don’t often make resolutions, but at the end of 2013 I set some goals for myself: 1. get my Driver’s License (a 10+ year journey!) 2. move in with my boyfriend of 5 years, and 3. get my ears pierced.
Well I may have left the last two to the month of December, but I accomplished them all! It’s really amazing what can happen in just one year. I can honestly say now, I have never looked forward to a New Year with more independence and energy. 2014 was a year of growing up for me; 2015: Bring it on, I’m ready!
I would like to celebrate my drive to challenge myself. This year I have delved into the publishing world with both feet, putting myself out there to be scrutinized. May not sound like a big deal, but no one likes to be viewed as lacklustre or incompetent when considering their passion no matter what it is. Will I make a million dollars? Not a chance, but it’s more about taking the chance at vulnerability; a position I don’t commonly enjoy. At any point in your life, I recommend this. The sheer terror and adrenaline of pressing send and waiting for a response, knowing that you’re not perfect and someone on the other end is willing to tear you down without the comforting emotions of your mother, is a rewarding experience I never anticipated.