So, how are the resolutions going? I would say mine are moving along. The gym and I have started to like one another again and even with the crazy Colorado weather, I have enjoyed many sunrises and sunsets. I need to work on my handwriting though, my writing letters to friends and family is a great idea but my cursive needs some pen love.
Every year on that first of January, I look myself in the mirror and tell myself things I want to do that year. They all usually align around the same base message; I want to be the best version I can be of myself.
Besides hitting the gym more, catching the sun awakening or going to sleep, and handwriting cards and letters, I told myself I want to read more, I want to travel more, and I want to get a pup. Fairly straightforward and I think not unreasonable.
Then, I looked at myself in the mirror and made a much more personal goal; for 2014;
I want to make a lot of mistakes.
Yes, you heard me right, I said I want to make mistakes. It is hard to believe I am admitting this openly because I HATE making mistakes. In the past, mistakes to me meant I have failed, mistakes to me meant I had hurt others or myself unintentionally, mistakes to me meant I couldn’t ever go back.
Well, I have decided to throw all those beliefs aside and say screw those views because this year, my mistakes are going to help define me. Am I going to hurt people intentionally now? Definitely not, I’m just saying I am ready to accept what comes with taking chances. Because at the end of the day, it really is about learning to let yourself fall and then seeing how many times you can dust yourself off and get back up, ready for the next challenge. This year I am finishing my Masters program, this year I am starting a company, this year I am taking many relationship risks and I better acknowledge now there will be mistakes in all those processes. Because if I don’t realize it now, 2014 will not be a year I like and the year has just started.
So to all of you I challenge you to not be so hard on yourself, to take the risks that life sets before you and if you make mistakes throughout the year to embrace each one with the ease of a child. For at the end of the day, you will fall, you will mess up, and mistakes will be made. But it is not these that define you; it is how you handle them. With grace and ease, rise up from each of these and carry on to the next day with your head held high.
To all your mistakes in 2014, may they be your best ones yet.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” - Neil Gaiman
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