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A New Year’s wish

I came across a series of New Year’s wishes by author Neil Gaimen as I was doing my daily Calm meditation on New Year’s day. They go something like this:

2001:

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art—write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

2008:

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.

2011:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

I quite like all of them. And as I venture forth into this new year, I’m going to try to keep them in mind. I hope you will too.

But before I go, I’d like to add my own New Year’s wish to the list:

Fear less.

Commit to letting go of the fear of acting on your dreams, the fear of connecting with those you care about on a deeper level, and above all, the fear of being your true, authentic self.

And if you’re not quite ready to let go, face your fears head-on and do the things that scare you anyway.

That’s it. Short and sweet, yet, as I’ve found, easier said than done.

Happy 2017!

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