Food For Thought: Starting Over in 2016
Food for Thought —
As much as I enjoy the holidays, I am always anxious to start over. With the arrival of the new year, I am invigorated and ready to do a little soul searching and shedding, how about you? Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame, once said the arrival of January is just liking getting a do-over. It doesn’t matter how we screwed-up, we get to leave the past behind and start fresh. A new year is like a blank sheet of paper, perfect and unblemished, waiting for us to pick up the pen and begin writing our own story.
A big part of my story this year is about taking risks and embracing my fears because bravery is an integral part of the creative process. Without bravery we can’t step outside of our comfort zone, so our ideas and life remain small. That’s something I learned by experience when I decided to return to college at age 40 to study Design. The program was competitive, and I was scared to death that I wouldn’t be good enough. My anxiety was compounded by the fact that I was twice the age of my classmates, had an hour commute, and a family waiting at home. I swallowed hard and realized the only thing I would ever really regret was not trying. The rest is history, I graduated and eventually went on to teach design at the same university. I learned so many things about myself through the process, but the most important is that you fail your way to success one step at a time.
If there is one thing that I have learned along the way, it is that there are no quick and easy 10-step plans for life, or for anything else worthwhile. A year from now I’m hoping to stand where I am and enjoy how far I have come because I was brave. So as I end my first post of the year, I hope you too will embrace 2016 as a year of curious adventure because “It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”
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