It is ironic to me how every year we make resolutions and promises to ourselves to be better and to do better in the new year, whatever that “better” means to each one of us. But as we approach the end of January those resolutions and promises fade, we get busy and tired, and get caught back up in our routines to where we are back to the old habits and old ways by March (at the latest). I have stopped making new year’s resolutions years ago. I know myself better than trying to pretend I will stick to them. But I do like to set goals for the year and be able to reflect on them at the year-end to see how closely I came to reaching them.
I haven’t written in a while… A lot has happened since. The biggest event in the last three months has been that I was t-boned by a drunk driver who ran a red light and hit my SUV so hard and fast it rolled twice… Most of you will gasp reading this because it just sounds horrifying. It was as scary as it sounds to be frank! But I am okay. I am alive, I am functioning, and I am trying to get back to my normal schedule slowly but surely.
I realized post-accident how fragile life really is. I love to think that I am this tough and invincible person who can handle anything and anyone. The accident made me reflect on how I was spending my time and with whom, and what was the purpose to my activities day in and day out. I realized that I am a very lucky person. I have friends and family who love and support me in all of my crazy ideas and ventures. I am alive and in one-piece and I get to do whatever I want with my life and do what makes me happy every day. Sometimes I feel like I am on the go around the clock, and some days it certainly isn’t far from the truth, but I am not hating my job, I am surrounded by amazing and talented people, and I pursue truly cool things in my businesses that will contribute to changing the world and making it a better place in the long run.
So this year some of the goals are to write more, read more, help more and grow more. I hit the grow goal every year. I love learning new things and every year I try to find new things to learn and get better at doing. I hit the help goal every year too because I love helping people, it comes natural and it brings me joy to make someone else smile. Reading will be a big one for this year. In the last couple of years I have mostly been reading for work and school and not for leisure. I used to read for leisure all the time, mostly non-fiction books, but books I wanted and enjoyed. I want to get back to that. Reading enriches the mind and the creativity and it helps me write and speak more eloquently. I expect as a consequence working on the other three goals I will write more because I will have fresh thoughts, new experiences and inspiration for writing and sharing.
These aren’t all the goals I have set for myself this year, but these are definitely important to me. I also aim to be healthier and happier this year. Eating better, stressing less, getting back to my normal training routine since I’ve skipped three months of working out after the accident, and spending the time and effort on people who add value and positivity to my life. Life is fragile, we only have a limited time to be here, and even that time could be cut short by some freak accident. My goal this year is to spend as much of my time in a way that will bring me and those around me joy, peace and happiness.
Let’s go 2018!