Happy New Year! Its time for change. Change in diets, lifestyles, decisions, relationships and so much more. Of all the changes that will happen, there is one thing I hope stays the same...YOU.
I don't want to see my friends change, I picked them for who they are. I have bounced my craziest ideas off of them, consulted them for words of wisdom and spilled my most embarrassing secrets, all while under the assumption that they will always be a part of my life. Some I have grown up with, and others I have been lucky to meet along the way, equally important, completely different yet perfect exactly as they are.
I hope my family doesn't change, because I have grown so comfortable, too comfortable with them. It would be a huge disappointment if my dad wanted to have long phone conversations and not immediately hand the phone over to my mother when I call...what in the world would we talk about, we don't have phone conversations - we spend time together in person, on the couch, laughing, usually at each other...it's who we are.
I could not handle my children changing. They each bring a different ingredient to my life, and if one of them altered their personal additive, our family pie wouldn't be the blue ribbon quality that it is. I depend on my son challenging my flexibility and keeping my heart rate up with his overactive personality. I actually enjoy debating with my incredibly stubborn, too big for their britches, know it all daughters, I hope they never stop asking "why?" and continue fighting for what they want.
If my Fiancé changed, I would be in big trouble, for I am certain that not many men would have the patience for all that I exude. He has to be the "fun parent", good cop, the level headed dude in public places, I count on him to pick up my slack. He is not perfect, yet perfect for me.
Instead of changing, I hope we can all figure out how to be the best us. I wish everyone success, good fortune and prosperity all while being YOU.
I have many goals, but none of them include changing me, if anything I hope to get back to who I truly am.
In 2014, I will laugh more, and try to share laughter with others, as that is a part of who I am, silly, fun and sometimes inappropriate. I plan on being more productive with my passions, and not allow anger, jealousy or insecurity to fuel my decisions. I plan on helping others while staying true to myself, and my beliefs. I will be more empathetic, a better listener, and find that patience that I know I have - these are things that I can do, all while staying the same old me.
I will do my best to let go of what I am not, and embrace who I am. It is a new year, but it does not have to be a new us, as there is so much greatness that already exists in all of us.
Happy New Year!