THE ROARING TWENTIES
It’s officially 2020 and if you think we’re not going to use every optometry cliche about clear vision, then you’re sadly mistaken because this month is allll about seeing that big ass E on the other side of the room. Seeing our past lessons clearly, without emotional baggage clouding our assessment. Manifesting our goals by envisioning them. Seeing what we want so clearly in our mind’s eye that when it actually happens it feels like deja vu. We are stepping into this year with a treasure map, a magnifying glass, a compass, hiking boots and a backpack full of delicious snacks. This is not to say that the year won’t come with its own set of struggles, it absolutely will, but after the decade, year, (whatever) that we just had... whew!... you better believe we’re prepared.
Okay, so I know every year starts off like this for many of us. Big hopes and dreams that taper off as our enthusiasm wanes. And sure, maybe new year’s resolutions can be unrealistic and over the top but personally, I LOVE New Years and New Year resolutions for this very reason. Why? Because they are a great way to track our progress. Every year I can go back to my journals, notebooks and planners and see what I wanted the year before. What was important to me. When I zigged and should’ve zagged. Or when my goals shifted and changed. I saw what I was passionate about and also saw how things worked out when put into practice. It was like the ultimate science experiment.
So I say, shoot for the stars. Let the fiery energy that you feel within you, the embarrassingly optimistic one that says “new year, new me” speak loud and clear. And listen to everything it has to say. Write down every goal, every lesson learned, every mantra, every observation in detail. And look at it as much as possible. Because in the future - when you are physically and emotionally sober - those words will tell you everything you need to know. It will become sacred text.
On a personal note, 2019 was definitely a year of preparation for me. After a bit of reflecting, re-visiting earlier goals and seeing how things turned out, I found that one of the biggest lessons I learned was on how to lose. It was a TOUGH lesson to learn, let me tell you. For a long period of time, things were not working out. I’m sure many of you can relate. I couldn’t get anything to go right. And I was surrounded by friends who were making things happen for themselves in amazing ways and while I was genuinely happy for them, it was painful to feel stuck in the same place. Interestingly, with all of the free time I had, I got into board games and card games. I played almost every day. Sometimes I won and sometimes I lost. But the thing about winning and losing was the fact that they happened in streaks. Sometimes the streaks lasted so long that I wondered what was going on in the universe. But being that I was ‘just playing a game’ I didn’t take it personal. I just kept going until I won again. Celebrated my brief victory and played again. When it came to my life (I won’t get into the details) but suffice it to say, I wasn’t always as breezy about my losses. Regardless, the streak of life losses ended with a streak of wins and my personal lesson became clear as day. All the notes I wrote at the beginning of last year about patience and peace and calmness became sacred text. I saw how much I didn’t know those things as much as I thought I did. I also saw how much I was going to be tested on those things. It was really something else. And now I go into 2020 with the knowledge that whatever mountain I say I’m about to climb is ready and waiting for me like a boxer on the other side of the ring. And I’m game!
That said, 2020 is lit! It’s here and we are going into it seeing our past with perfect vision, seeing our present with clarity and manifesting our future with vivid imagery. Deep breaths. Let’s go!!!