Take a Breath...we made it. It's 2022. Cheering seems inappropriate, although perhaps loud noises can chase away demons if we try hard enough. Maybe we should clap loudly when least expected; like seeing the dawn of a new day; when a youngster eats all of their broccoli; when the dog catches the Frisbee.
There are always reasons to be joyful. We just need to search a little deeper in these challenging times, to see the wonders in our own lives that we overlook.
Some people are making lists of resolutions, only to edit them a day later, realizing that the list is too strict. New Year/New Start/New Person in the Mirror.
I don't break my word, especially to myself. The same face of 2021 greeted me on Day One of 2022. I have worked hard to get to the point in my life where I can look into my own eyes every day and be free to go to sleep without regrets.
Our choices are the things that define us. Little things, like deciding whether or not to dunk a cookie in our cup of tea, to huge things, like ignoring someone who needs help because we're in a rush to get home to watch our favourite program on TV. Every decision matters and determines the person we become.
Resolutions should be LIFE resolutions. To try to be our best selves, period. It isn't about living up to the ridiculous, unrealistic images of those who have "made it"; the rich, famous, sometimes delusional! Society tells us that the biggest car and fanciest clothes define who we are.
Well, I'm here to tell you that the person in the mirror looking back at you is YOU. It doesn't matter what you drive or wear. I can even prove it to you!
This was my vehicle for a few years.
Yes, WITH the aliens! People asked me if I was embarrassed. I said that I was glad to be driving a vehicle that was PAID FOR. One person said, (to my face!), "Why do you feel the need to tell the world that you're a loser?" Sigh...
I can't tell you that the world won't judge you and I can't pretend that it doesn't hurt sometimes. But what I can say is that your decisions are yours and you don't need to explain yourself to anyone. Sometimes the only one cheering you on is YOU, staring back at yourself in the mirror. It can be lonely, but relying on yourself will make you stronger and resilient, no matter what this world throws at you.
Your Best Friend is in the mirror. Happy New Year.
Thank you for spending this time with me,