Well, it’s been a year. It’s had more ups than downs but still, it’s been a year and I’m excited for the new one. Usually I don’t care too much about a new calendar but this year I do, for some reason. I’m actually really excited about it. Maybe because I just had a birthday and since then, things have been changing with me. I care so much less about the things I used to fret over and, well, I just have a sense of both peace and excitement. Maybe it’s because I have my goats and (hopefully) babies and milk this spring? Maybe because the greenhouse and garden were producing and we’re finally really getting the hang of eating off our land? Maybe because I spent time with so many awesome people this past year and know there’s more to come? Maybe because I have a wonderful family (sorry, we’re that annoying family who actually like each other) who are all heathy and happy and thriving? Maybe because I have finally learned to pursue the things that interest me instead of assuming I just can’t/shouldn’t/whatever? Maybe because I have a new business venture that has just started to lift off? Maybe because I’ve finally started to see the forest and the trees?
Whatever it is, I like it and intend for it to continue.
So here’s a to a great 2014 to you and yours. I love all of Neil Gaiman’s New Year’s Benedictions and will post them all here for you because I can’t pick just one.
10 years ago he offered this:
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
Five years ago he offered this:
I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
And this year:
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
I don’t know about you but I see a lot of really fun mistakes coming up for this next year.
Happy New Year.