If you were anyone but you, and I was anyone but me, we’d probably start this off by talking through what our New Year’s Resolutions are for 2017.
But this is not what this about.
My world was shaken up mid-way through the year and since then, I’ve spent almost every hour, of every day, trying to pick up all the flyaway pieces and arrange them so that everything makes sense again. So that a new kind of normal can begin.
But it hasn’t been that easy.
The other day, I was in an elevator with a stranger, who tried to break-up the silence of our mutual ride up to the 26th floor, by asking me what my New Year’s Resolution is.
I was fumbling with my phone, eyeballing the numbers on the screen as they ticked upward toward our final destination, 12…13….14….
“Oh, well, I haven’t thought about it,” I admitted, checks flushing a shade of watermelon, toes curling inside of my socks.
“Mine is to buy a juicer and just be healthier,” he said to me and I couldn’t help but laugh.
His resolution was great, but nothing that fit well into my current state of events. So I laughed because I wish I could have a resolution that simple.
“My resolution, my hope, I suppose, is that everything sort of stays the same.”
He took a step back and he looked at me like I just said my New Year’s Resolution was to be a Kardashian.
The doors to the elevator opened and I turned left, hoping he would turn right and we’d never have to share an elevator together again, at least until 2017.
Why do New Year’s Resolutions have to be about big ginormous changes? You can say you’re going to kick the carbs for green juices or stop spending money on Amazon Prime purchases, daily, and those are really great things to want to change – but why are we always eager to change when maybe we’re not even ready or sure that’s what we want?
Can a New Year’s Resolution be about wanting things to just stay the same?
This year, I think that’s okay.
So here’s an early cheers to a new year, where you might not be a “new you” and maybe that’s okay. Enjoy who you are right now and exactly what you have. Life changes with one phone call, one conversation, one turn left.
Maybe it’s just important to appreciate what we’re left with every morning that we open our eyes.