Things That Have Never Been...
Poet Rainer Maria Rilke said "And now let us welcome in the New Year, full of things that have never been."
Sounds pretty awesome, huh? Sometimes I feel as if every day is the same old day. I shower and get ready for work, I brush my teeth, pack my lunch, and make the 30 minute trek to my office. My car travels as if on auto pilot. Then I arrive at my office, walk in the door, put my lunch away, grab a yogurt and a bottle of water, sit down at my desk, turn on my computer, and begin my day exactly as I did the day before.
Now, don't get me wrong...I love my job and even though no two days are exactly alike, day in and day out is pretty much routine and I'm just beginning to feel as if I'm ready for an adventure. I realize I'm not going to travel to Iceland like Walter Mitty did in the new movie, but a new year IS a fresh start and a new chapter to be written.
Most of us are in the habit of making a New Year’s Resolution which is broken about 6 weeks into the new year. So how about listing New Year’s Aspirations instead? A resolution makes me thing of rules, something I have to do. An aspiration is something I hope for and wish for, something I've kept tucked away for when the time is right. Let’s trust that now is the time.
My daughter Lindsay recently wrote a blog about not letting your life pass you by. That inspired me to be an active participant instead of living my same old boring routine. I decided not to save my aspirations for "someday." I cut my hair really short, signed up for weekly yoga/meditation classes, joined a second book club, and researched singing lessons, creative writing courses, and Master Gardener classes, some of which I hope to be in by the end of the year.
Will this stick? I don't know. But, I aspire to stick with it. This is the month to dream, to look forward to the year ahead and the journey within. Will you join me?