As I sit here at my desk halfway through the first week of 2017, I look outside and see rain. In fact, it’s rained nearly every day so far (which could be argued as a good thing considering I live in drought-stricken California), but somehow it seems oddly fitting. I don’t see it as a sign of sadness. In fact, I love the rain! It’s cozy, it’s keeping me inside under blankets drinking hot coffee, and it’s forcing me to focus on things for the time being.
Last year wasn’t great for many of us. There’s no value in going into specifics and those things don’t deserve our continued attention or energy, so we’ll just say that this new year was welcomed in a way that I can’t recall other years being welcomed. At least in my lifetime, I don’t recall a point where everyone was so keen on creating a fresh start – and like most, a new year seems like as good of a time as ever for me.
I’m not someone who makes new year’s resolutions. I say it’s because I don’t like setting myself up for inevitable failure (and that’s not entirely untrue), but I think they’re a bit cliche in the first place. Okay, don’t hate me on this one, I really think they’re a fine idea but I don’t want to get caught up in thinking that the first of the year is the only appropriate point to set goals for myself. Not to mention the pressure – gah, the pressure – just wears on me. Some things are not for you, and new year’s resolutions aren’t for me. I’m rooting for you though; always am.
So as we embrace this new year – this new start, new beginnings, new goals, new priorities, new whatever it is we want it to be – I want to embrace a sense of togetherness as well. Obviously I can’t do this alone, so I’m going to need your help. When you know someone needs a friend, be there for them. When you see something that reminds you of someone, share it with them. When someone is on your mind, let them know you care.
And know that you’re not alone. I’m always here for you – to care, to give you a listening ear, to welcome you into our community where you are cared about, to remind you that whatever you are feeling is valid, and to tell you until you’re well and annoyed that whatever is standing in your way stands no chance against you because you are strong and beautiful and so important.
Together, we can not only make this year better than the last crummy one, but we can make it into a year that defines all of the things we stand for.
Let’s do this.