We finally waived goodbye to the dreaded year that is 2020 and I actually stayed up until midnight. There was no celebration on TV and the square in New York was empty per strict orders.
I don’t even know why I stayed up to be honest with you and the later it got the grumpier I got, like a child that had missed their bedtime. All of a sudden it’s not that important anymore to ring in the new year and sleep seems more important. Priorities shift, we age, perhaps it was the exhaustion from recent events, the circumstances, how and with who I was welcoming the New Year. As far as the “with who” goes, it seemed contradicting and fake to wish a happy new year when so much of 2020 was filled with truly difficult moments.
Today is the first day of 2021 and many of us have set new goals and a new year’s resolutions we hope to achieve and follow through in the year. Whatever your aspirations, here are a few quotes and New Years wishes that might resonate with you.
“In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours.” -Beyoncé
“Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Years prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.” -Susan Sontag
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” -Taylor Swift
“For last years words belong to last years language. And next years words await another voice.” -T.S. Eliot
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” -William Shakespeare
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” -Plato
“No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.” -Jack Kornfield
Maybe one or two of these speak to you, but I hope you have a saying of your own and you are marching to your own drumbeat. As the beginning is the most important part of the work like Plato says, the first step in the journey is also the most important one I say. It doesn’t matter the outcome, and sometimes you might view yourself having lost and failed, but maybe you remember that there was a lesson to be learned.
Regardless of the outcome, I think the importance is that you took that step, that crucial first step. That you found the courage to give it a go. That you poured yourself into your hopes and dreams and went for it. Now go out there and celebrate your new opportunities, they all start today. Be safe, aware, awakened and relentless in the pursuit of anything that sets your soul on fire.