What do these five things have in common, aside from being fantastic songs? They’re words that I find inspiring. But more than that, they’re words I hope to live by in 2016.
Two more days. In two more days, I’ll be 32. While I officially surpassed my mother’s age back in August, it’s really just hitting me now, as I approach the first birthday she never reached. Perhaps this all seems a bit self-indulgent, but for some reason, I’ve always thought I would leave the world like she did – young, and with things left to do. There was – is – so much I want to accomplish before I die, and I had no idea how to cram it all in.
I really don’t know why I was so convinced I would be dead by now. I’m awfully glad I’m not. I feel like I went to sleep one night when I was 18 and woke up the next morning thirteen years older. There’s so much I haven’t done, and so much I still want to do.
I don’t feel two days shy of 32 at all. But then, I suppose no one ever does, do they?
At any rate, as my thirties approached, I grew hyper-focused on achieving all the things I hadn’t yet done in life. I published a book. Heck, I published two of them. I submitted work to anthologies. I threw myself headlong into revisions.
Okay, so most of the things I was – am – bent on doing in life revolve around writing. And family. And travel. But I have the family that I want, and the travel is happening occasionally. I always thought writing would be the way I left my mark on the world, and I want to make sure the mark I leave is a good one.
That means I have my work cut out for me. Even though I’ve learned a lot in the last six years, I still have a vast amount more to learn.
Among other things, I need to let go of my doubts, keep believin’, and hold onto that feeling. I need to be true to my heart and keep on movin’, and not let things get in my way. I will see my dream come alive at last – I’m going where my heart will take me.
I can reach any star.
2016 is going to be an epic year. I hope you’ll join me in making this the best year ever.
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