The closing of a year always draws us backwards and inwards. We reflect upon what we’ve accomplished, where we fell short, how we’ve grown and what we’ve learned over the past 12 months.
2014 was a big one for me. And I hope that it was as much for you, too.
Maybe you got a new job or a promotion. Perhaps you welcomed a new child into your family. Maybe you graduated, got your Master’s or PhD. Perhaps you closed on a new home, your first home. Maybe you moved to another city, another state.
Each year, we make resolutions; pseudo-promises to better ourselves over the next year. To quit smoking, go to the gym, eat better, swear less, yada yada. All fall by the wayside before March rolls around. I’m as guilty as you.
However, each year since 2011-2012 I’ve challenged myself to do one specific thing each year. This year, I want to challenge you all to do the same in 2015.
Do one thing that absolutely scares the shit out of you.
What that one thing will be is up to you.
Maybe it will be facing your boss and asking for a much-deserved raise.
Maybe it will be quitting the job you loathe so much to focus on school or finding something more fulfilling.
Maybe it will be taking a job you’re not entirely sure you’re qualified for (or at least applying for it).
Maybe it will be moving to a new city or a new state to follow a dream.
Maybe it will be taking a trip or skydiving. Maybe it will be learning to surf.
Maybe it will be starting your own company.
Maybe it will be moving in with a significant other or popping the question.
Maybe it will be finally moving on and letting go of something or someone you haven’t been able to shake.
Maybe it will be talking to that girl or guy in the bar.
Maybe it will be swallowing your pride and reaching out to someone with whom you’ve lost touch.
Maybe it will be reconciling with a family member and forgiving.
The scarier, the better.
Your life will ultimately be made up of the risks you’ve been willing to take, and life can be incredibly long if you’re always playing the short game.
I don’t know what my one thing will be this year. I’ll know it when I see it.
What I do know is that each year that one thing I do that absolutely scares the shit out of me turns out to be the most significant thing I’ve done all year. And it’s the one thing I reflect upon most when the ball drops.
Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone.
Tip your bartenders and drive safely.
PS: I love you. Drink more water this year. And GFY.