Friends! My first blog post of the year! Happy 2018!
Right about here is where I’m supposed to drop down insightful lessons I’ve learned from 2017, then lay out my lofty 2018 to do list! (Obviously detailing how wildly successful and supermodel thin I’ll become, eating all organic everything and looking younger by the day!)
Awww man, not happening! The truth is, sometimes to do lists are just reminders of my inadequacies. There is just never enough time. Like, EVER. Furthermore, there is zero desire to perfect my body, gain financial wealth or attain status. In fact, I’m recoiling as I think about acquiring more things. (Ok that is to do item #1: give away more things.) Maybe I’m lazy, but dreaming about becoming more successful or popular ended when I tried to tight roll my jeans perfectly, perm my already curly hair, and attempt access into the cool crowd because of my new look. It was the nineties and I didn’t stand a chance.
I still don’t.
Is anyone else daring to tweak what’s on the inside and being ok with how they are on the outside? At the risk of being further uncool, here’s what I plan to do, every day:
Let go of the superficial. (Wear unpretentious like a badge even if it embarrasses me.)
Connect with people in real ways. (Make time to get coffee with anyone. Strike up conversations with strangers. Even if I’m insanely busy. Especially if I’m insanely busy.)
Dole out compassion. (Listen more, linger more, particularly to opinions that differ from mine.)
Be more generous. (Even on those spent days when I feel as though I…just…cannot… Have the courage and patience to dig deep.)
Let 2018 be the year I live with renewed enthusiasm, curiosity and vulnerability. The year I put down the phone to end the frenetic noise coming through my screen and embrace thoughtful interaction in person.
I know I will not be perfect, but I will be intentional.
Here’s to a wonderful 2018 and hoping you are your greatest self. (Acknowledging that it has nothing to do with how great your hair is.)