January is a month of resolutions and promises to yourself to be a better person, to do better things, and to otherwise make the new year count in ways the year before did not. For me, 2015 was filled with unexpected ups and downs. My word for the year was “Intention”, and I intended to make 2015 the best year of my life to date.
The problem with that is that I don’t control the universe. I have no power over external forces. All I can do is decided how to play the cards I’m dealt. Not surprising to you but an awkward discovery for me. What I learned from my ‘Year of Intentionality’ can be boiled down to this: You can’t measure your life in accomplishments or checked boxes. Even with the best of intentions, you may not have the year you planned.
I’m kind of over the word of the year trend. While focusing on one word seems to motivate and empower some people, it left me feeling empty and a bit of a failure. Of course, maybe I just chose the wrong word…
So, I’m struggling how to define my goals for 2016. I want to be grateful for what I have and hopeful for tomorrow. I want to flourish this year and grow as a person. But, how do I define these things? I have no answer. I just know you have to keep going.
This is the year of small wins, of making progress toward my goals, of celebrating the victories in life – even the small ones. This is my “Just keep swimming year”. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I have to keep doing things in order to find the right path. This may not be the best year ever, but it can still be a very good year. Just keep swimming.
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