Ah, yes. A new year. The Earth has completed a full revolution around the Sun. Copious amounts of Champagne/Prosecco/Cava have been drunk. There have been millions upon millions of midnight kisses. Resolutions have been set. And, persons have spent days reflecting on 2018: the good, the bad and the ugly.
My reflections on 2018 have been largely disappointing. There have been highs: I took an excellent trip with my boyfriend to Providenciales - a true tropical escape. I also published the third book in my ‘Falling Like a Johnson’ series: Just One More Time. There have been lows: that boyfriend is now an ex. And, well, I only published ONE book and barely wrote or honed my writing skills. As should be very obvious to you: I did not blog. What I realized was that for the majority of the year, I existed in a state of well, existence. I was sleepwalking through my job, my writing, my health, my relationships. I had goals, yes - but I didn’t actively do anything to achieve them. I woke up, muddled through the day and then went to sleep again.
I can’t pinpoint when I succumbed to complacency. I cannot understand how I barely noticed what was happening. But damn! An entire year flew by.
The earth revolved around the sun.
Am I alone in this? Am I some sort of underachieving unicorn or have more people come to this regretful realization than are willing to admit?
New year, or not, we all stand the risk of drowning in complacency. We all stand the risk of sleepwalking through huge chunks of our lives because routine becomes so easy. And, because change and growth are uncomfortable and hard processes.
So, for 2019 - I wish you the wondrous power of fully committing to taking control of your life. Wake up! Put in the work. Don’t DREAM but DO! I wish you adventures, beauty and accomplishments. I wish that this is the best of your years so far. But, remember, it will not be so because I wish it for you, or because you long for it, wish for it or dream about it. It will be so only if you work for it. It will be so because you took the things you could actually control and carved them into what you wanted/needed them to be. And, as for the things you couldn’t control: you trusted the process - you trusted the progress you made on moulding the things within your control.
Whatever your resolutions, work for your best possible life.
No more sleepwalking.
Shake it off!
Work For Your Best Year!!