As one year becomes another, I think about new beginnings.
It’s odd, the feelings we have about one year ending and the other beginning, isn’t it? It’s that joyful/sad emotion— melancholy mixed with hope—it pulls at us. The New Year is a kind of permission for all of us to let go of any and every thing that didn’t work and to look forward to and embrace the new. There’s a sense of heady expectation—new horizons, people, places, things, goals, dreams—we are almost childlike with expectations of what can happen.
That little twinkle, spark of what hasn’t even been created yet. The promise of that brings hope to the most jaded or skeptical among us.
One of my favorite movies, Forrest Gump, has that sentiment in a scene. Forrest is in New York City with Lieutenant Dan. They’re with a couple of ladies and the actress, Marla Sucharetza, “Long Limbs Lenore, says this:
Her expression, when she says it, is mixture of joy, sadness and then hope. Prose, poetry, and songs try to capture this juxtaposition of human emotions because it’s universal—we are all the same in this way. That’s why when we hear it or read it, it resonates with our souls.
So Long 2015
I look back on 2015 with gratitude, what it brought me and what it taught me. Here are a few things I’ve learned about life and about myself:
- Don’t discount the life-altering lessons you can learn from someone older, someone elderly. They have knowledge of life that will astound you. Picture yourself how ever many decades ahead. What will you teach someone else?
- You can’t please everyone so stop trying. Be the best you. The people who get you, don’t mind and the people who don’t, don’t matter.
- Travel, even if it’s right around the corner from you. There’s always something you haven’t seen or experienced. Sometimes the best places are within walking distance.
- There aren’t any missed opportunities. There are only decisions you’ve made and there’s a reason why you made them. Honor that. Life is full of endless opportunities and possibilities and what’s behind you doesn’t matter anymore.
- Celebrate your health, your body, your mind. Each of us is truly a magnificent work of art and works of art come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Don’t spend your youth comparing yourself to someone else. It takes decades to come to this realization, so be easy on yourself.
- Stop trying to give up all white carbs. Give in to it every once in awhile. It’s okay.
- The more you do something, the better you get at it. Consistency is key. As is showing up to do it.
- You are never, ever, never too old to reinvent yourself. Take a class. Learn something new. JUST DO IT.
- Never, never, never give up. (Winston Churchill said this. I love it so much; it’s on a block of wood I made and look at when I want to, well, give up.)
- Relax. Everything will work as it should.
There’s much more but maybe we’ll explore those in the coming year.
The title of my post is from an Ernest Hemingway quote:
For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.
Replace “writer” with whatever you are or hoping to be, “book” with your thing and use the correct pronoun. I think you’ll find it can apply to most anything in life.
Here’s to hoping you succeed in any and every good thing you want in 2016 with great luck. I wish you that, but even more than that, I wish you peace. I wish that for us all. Inside us and outside of us. When we have that, we have everything.
Now, enjoy that song. Happy 2016!!!
What have you learned? What do you have in store for 2016?