Happy New Year, friends! And buh-bye, 2013.

This year went by fast, didn’t it? Then again, lately they all do. As Gretchen Rubin says, the days are long but the years are short. I remarked to my friend Frank the other day that 2013 wasn’t a particularly great year and I’ll be glad to see it go. Frank, who is always candid whether I’m ready for it or not, responded with, “Yeah, but we say that about every year the older we get.”

Indeed.

While it’s true this year wasn’t the most stellar year I’ve had, it did have its high points, and even the low points had something to teach me. Last year at this time, I wrote a post about everything I learned during the previous year - the result of a conscious decision not to do a list of resolutions, for myself (too trite) or the world in general (too pretentious). It was so well-received that I’ve decided to do it again. So with that little fanfare, I give you…

Life Lessons from 2013

  • The less time I spend reading the comments under news articles or group Facebook posts, the better off I am.
  • It’s a waste of time to get mad at someone who acts like a jerk/nimrod/selfish brat. Better to make a mental note to myself that I never want to act like that. (An aside: It’s easy to spot these people. They are often the authors of comments under news articles or group Facebook posts.)
  • The longer you love, the longer you live. The stronger you feel, the more you can give.” Peter Frampton
  • At the end of the day, we’re all in this together.
  • I’d rather kneel down and hand a homeless person money so I can look him or her in the eye, human to human, than write a check to a big charity.
  • Cancer sucks.
  • You can never be too kind.
  • The past is the past. Leave it there. Turn the page. Close the book.
  • Your dreams can always, no matter how old they are, still come true.
  • When in doubt, wear color.
  • “Apparently you can’t hack into a government supercomputer and then try to buy uranium without the Department of Homeland Security tattling to your mother.” Sheldon Cooper
  • Almost none of the things that I was upset about a year, a month, even a week ago, matter at all today.
  • Sometimes friendships don’t last. And that’s okay. The important ones do.
  • “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
  • Don’t use tissues infused with lotion to wipe the mist off the bathroom mirror.
  • Art is the best medicine.
  • “Anger is like a piece of shredded wheat caught under your dentures. If you leave it there, you get a blister, and you have to eat Jell-O all week.” Sophia Petrillo

Happy New Year, my friends. Thank you for your support of this blog, my podcast, and my books during the past year. I look forward to 2014 with that kind of giddy anticipation that we get when we focus on everything that is still to be, everything that can be. I hope your new year is filled with belly laughs, great sandwiches, good friends, deep sleep, and smiles for no reason. I hope you dance to the radio, tell someone you love them out of the blue, make a Bucket List, turn your face toward the sun, read an obscure book, appreciate your body, take care of each other, and create something beautiful every day.

 

Hydrant in a sun hat

 

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