So Long, 2013

Well, hi there, strangers!

The end of 2013 is upon us. I’ll refrain from asking where the heck this year went (but seriously, WHERE did it go?). Today, I want to talk about resolutions. I usually don’t take these things too seriously, because let’s be honest: those suckers last a week, maybe two, tops. If you’d asked me about mine, say, a month ago, my answer would have been automatic.

Better time management.

Exercise more often.

Read more books.

Be happy.

Pretty general stuff, right? But over the past few weeks, the internet has turned into a bit of an ugly, hostile place. And all I could think was, what’s happened to us? Why are we so quick to judge, to fight, to argue that my way is right and you are wrong, wrong, WRONG.

There’s a quote I’ve heard often that says, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (It’s credited to Gandhi, but after some research, it seems it’s one of those slap-a-quote-on-a-pic-and-BOOM jobs.) Either way, there’s a lot of truth to that statement. So, what do I want to see? And more specifically, what do I want to be?

More compassionate.

More understanding.

Kinder.

I want to smile more. Laugh more. Love more.

For me, 2012 was a year of recovery. 2013 was a year of discovery. I hope that 2014 will be a year of embracing who I’ve discovered I am, flaws and all. I want to wake up each day, grateful for the air in my lungs and the beat of my heart. But more than anything, I want to give more than I take. And those aren’t just my resolutions for 2014, but for life, period.

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One thought on “So Long, 2013

  1. jamieayres says:

    This post was beauuuutiful!! It’s funny, you could substitute my book titles in your little synopsis . . . 18 Things was all about recovery, 18 Truths was all about discovery, and 18 Thoughts is all about Olga embracing everything about that recovery and discovery, flaws and all 🙂 Can I steal this, & your AWESOME resolutions too? LOL! Cheers to a happy 2014 ❤

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