YOU. Yup. You. I can hear the collective protests; “But I might lose my job….I have a foot injury…There’s a sewage leak in the backyard.” I invite you to gently address that complaining part of you now. Silence that negative voice before it screws with your 2014. Imagine that part of you as just one of many. One that needs to be put in his or her place. Give it some tough love, on the order of “Shut up!” Or, if you’re prone to expletives like me, “Shut the f#*@ up!” There’s one thing that’s going to determine how this next year goes more than anything else. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.
When I was in college, I dated a guy who wistfully recalled his own college years (he was a few years my senior) as “the best years of my life.” He further stated matter-of-factly, one fateful afternoon, “My life will never be that good again.” I looked at him, searching for any hidden vestibule of optimism. It wasn’t there. Around that time, his best frat buddy from Florida said, “I can’t wait to get married and settle down so I can let myself go.” That twenty-something-gang’s complacency wasn’t just unsexy to me, it was untenable. I just couldn’t hang.
Party people, the time to live your best life is always NOW. Think you’re too old? Think again. Think you’re past your prime? Well, that’s up to you. No excuses. You decide if 2014 counts in the landscape of your life. Imagine your stint on Earth as a work of art. You are the sculptor and 2014 is a lump of clay. The great Michelangelo said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” So what are you going to create? Your clay awaits.
The new year is a reminder that we get to start again. It would be more useful if it came on a daily basis, but let’s take it while we can. One year is ending. Another is beginning. What are you going to do about it?