Say Yes to New Adventure
Well, 2017 was terrible, amirite? I think we were all happy to see that one go. With the start of every new year comes the hope, dream, promise that the next year will be better. But that, I believe, is where it all goes wrong from the beginning. Hopes, dreams, and promises. Where it needs to start is with action.
2017 was the most challenging year of my life: personally, financially, and professionally. It started with a bang as I took off for four months from New York to Mexico. But along the way some of the choices I made forced me to reflect on my life as a whole, and much of what I saw I did not like. Being a freelancer is a constant hustle, and somewhere along the way I forgot that. I lived in the moment too much, which, yes, is possible. I spent the second half of 2017 recovering from the first half and correcting huge lapses in judgment, trying to grow as a person, as a writer, and as a functioning member of society.
We are who we choose to be. Yes, circumstance plays a hand for sure. I did not choose Donald Trump, but here we are stuck with him. But what we do for our own lives is always a choice. Nothing is owed to us. Nothing is handed to us. If we want these promises and dreams of a better year, we have to work for them. We have to pour every last drop of what we have and who we are into what we believe is worth fighting for. Because the old cliche rings true time and time again: nothing worth having EVER comes easily.
A friend of mine gave me a bag about a year ago, on the side of which is written, Say Yes to New Adventures. A classic, generic expression that carries little to no controversy. But the bag and the expression has only increased in value and meaning to me over the last year. And so today I embark for Mexico yet again for another four months. Hopefully I return more curious, more adventurous, more insatiable, and, yes, more learned from past mistakes.
I hope you'll follow along on these adventures with me over the next few months. I am eager to see what unfolds and for the new adventures I have yet to take, and the new choices I have yet to make.