In 2017, I want to be just a little more brave, a little more awake. I want to do those things that make me feel alive.New Year’s Resolutions are so 2016. This year, instead of a resolution, I’ve picked a phrase to guide and inspire me throughout the year. (and most probably sometimes to pull, coerce, and/or kick my booty through 2017). I have a dear friend who did this last year. She picked “Light” as her word, and she genuinely had a light-filled, life-shifting year. The girl was an orb, I tell ya.
I have another friend who picked “Joy” for 2017. Rather, she says this word picked her, eerily showing up everywhere she looked as she pondered her goals for 2017. (Not that joy could ever be eerie).
Similarly, my phrase kind of washed over me several times while I was meditating. Mine is “Wake Up,” as in, “HELLO! Wake up! Stop going through the motions, open your eyes to your blessings and possibilities, and be purposefully present.” So often, I find myself carried away by the current of daily life, and I settle into routines and habits that truly do not serve me. Often, it’s easier to keep riding the current rather than step out of my comfy-comfort zone.
In 2017, I want to be just a little more brave, a little more awake. I want to do those things that make me feel alive. I want to say “Yes” more and try new things. I want to be awake enough that I’m open and receptive to ideas and opportunities that may be fluttering around me. If I’m asleep at the wheel, blessings may be passing me by.
So far, I have quite honestly been a dismal failure with my “Wake Up” mantra. January 1st, I literally woke up exhausted due to a well-intentioned but horrible idea to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve. (Why does anyone do this??) My son has been sick recently, which has led to several sleepless and worry-filled nights. Also, getting back into the swing of work after the holidays has been harder than usual. I can’t seem to get my feet under me and gain any traction.
Instead of feeling awake, I’m sludging through my January like a comatose sloth. I am literally the opposite of awake. So far, January has been downright narcoleptic. WAKE UP!
Of course, we all have these times, where we feel like that hamster that just runs in endless circles on her hamster wheel. Exhausted, run-down, idiotically counterproductive. Perhaps these are the times where it’s more important than ever to tap on our brains and hearts and wake ourselves up.
In those times, the effort to change course seems herculean, and your muscles may seem far too puny to take on this task. But simple things like sleep, clean eating, exercise, prayer, and meditation can begin to clear the cobwebs and wake the sleeping badass within.
That’s where I am, trying to be patient with myself and reminding myself that life is not perfect, that progress is not a straight line. But the only way to make progress is to keep seeking and keep pushing to where I am called to be. I’m hoping my wake-up call will remind me to do just that.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and very awake 2017 to all of you, far and wide.