As 2017 dwindles away and seeps into the past, I reflect fondly on all my memories from the last year. Almost a year ago, I said goodbye to all the familiarity I’ve ever known and set out on what would perhaps be the grandest adventure of my life.
I went into it with a certain amount of expectation and honestly, it was all shattered and sent flying into the abyss in tiny shards of surprise reality. There’s no way to predict anything. There is no certainty at all in the life of a true free spirit. Some others my age may be able to predict what lies ahead of them in 2018, and while nothing in this crazy life is certain, it’s likely that their stable lives will heed their predictions, maybe even to the last fine detail.
But me, embarking on year two of this grand adventure of mine, my only resolution for 2018 is to be as completely free from expectation as possible. I will go where the wind takes me, as I’ve grown so accustomed to doing. I will live in the moment to the best of my ability and worry as little as possible. This is my time to truly be free. Freer than I’ve ever been; freer than I may ever be again. Open to anything, anyone, anywhere. Trusting the wind to blow me where I’m supposed to go, without trying to foresee where that might be.
A new year is more a time for reflecting than resolving. Reflect on the year past, vow to respect the lessons that have come from the mistakes, cherish the magic of the memories made, take comfort in the positive reinforcement, and go forth without placing unrealistic expectations on yourself. Vow to be better, wholly. Not in a confined manner, but in the free way of just becoming a better version of yourself. Specific, measurable goals are great, but they should be made and achieved year round, not just as one year concludes and another begins.
So this year, I resolve to do nothing. I trust the path I’m on and I have faith that I will take care of myself and achieve everything and anything I decide to, when the time is right.
Happy New Year 🙂