The new year could not have come at a more poignant time in my life. While there are those that think New Year's day is an arbitrary day that someone randomly selected to be a holiday, to me, it's an opportunity to evaluate the previous year and create goals and a plan for the upcoming year. It's a day that symbolizes the future.
My life has changed dramatically over the past year. My career path is altered, my family life is altered, and my personal relationships are almost all new or, at the very least, altered. Things that were important to me a year ago no longer top my list. It's amazing how much one person can grow and change in a year. I am so thankful my life has taken these twists and turns.
2009 was an awakening for me. I stopped listening to what other people wanted from me and started listening to what makes me happy. Unfortunately, I changed a lot of things without a plan. Now my life is kind of a big mess.
For 2010, I want to clean up all the messes I've made. That entails picking a career I love, figuring out what I want my life to look like, and choosing to include people I genuinely enjoy having in my life. You know the kind, the ones that you can call at 3am, the ones that accept you, flaws and all, without trying to make changes, the ones that take the time to listen to you and the ones who bring out the very best in you. Those are the people I want in my life. And this year, I want to spend my time recognizing and cultivating these relationships.
I want direction. So, although I abhor the idea of making a list of resolutions, there are things I would like to focus on in my life, and here they are:
- Find a career that makes me excited to get up every morning;
- confront and accept the things that happened in the past;
- recognize and cultivate the healthy relationships in my life;
- cook a great meal at least once every two weeks;
- get up and get moving; and
- face the scary stuff.