Like clockwork cogs circling around the gear-heads, the passage of time moves on, and we move from project to project, season to season. In a blink of an eye this year has progressed to the point that here we stand just on the precipice of the New Year and I’m left going “Whaaa?”
Its amazing how much can get done in a year, while simultaneously feeling that nothing at all occurred. It’s a very strange binary opposition that seems to always strike me in December-November. There is no way that both statements could be true, I mean they are exact opposites of the spectrum! Either things happened or they didn’t, there can be no in-between (this is the very nature of a Binary Opposition; only one can be true because both statements are one or the other, good and evil is the classic example).
Are you feeling this insanity too? I hope not, but should you someone you know be wrapped solidly in this madness, let me show you this simple checklist I’ve devised to show us all that we’re better off and more accomplished than previously believed:
– Have you got your health? (Always the best place to start!)
– Have you gotten to talk with your family (or better yet see them) at least a couple times in the year?
– Did you see anything at the cinemas (regardless if it was good or not)?
– Did you see any live performances? (Music, plays, poetry reads, sporting events)
– Have you traveled anywhere?
– What about going someplace that you’ve never been before?
– Or returning to a place you haven’t been to in a long time?
I personally figure that checking off one or more of these means you’ve had a pretty successful year. Take that, end of the year blues! I did stuff! And if you’ve done everything on that list, you’re on fire! But you see, this leads me to a further point. Many of us lose the idea of rewarding ourselves as we grow older. A reward could be something as simple as a warm bubble bath or as elaborate as a night out on the town after a job well done, but far too often we get caught up in the day-to-day trials and tribulations. Even more than that, sometimes we all get it into our heads that we just haven’t earned the right to a simple reward.
Every now and then, in my younger days, I knew that when I had worked really hard and exhausted myself for the sake of success, my folks would reward me with something, as I’m sure yours did too. It was rarely something large, and oftentimes these rewards seem like nothing to Present Me, but they made such dramatic positive improvements on my psyche. So I propose this, regardless of how many checkmarks you happened to place on the previous list, you’ve earned yourself a little more than just a pat on the back. Life isn’t always easy, but you’ve just about got another year under your belt, and while time is short, you’ve earned something to put that smile on your face. Tomorrow, you can go out and conquer, but for now, take a breath, take a break, and find bliss. You’ve earned it.