This year, I want to be present. I want to live and I want to be. I want to fully experience every moment, every high and every low. I want to move away from this idea of perfection and move into becoming more and more of myself. Dr. Seuss once said, You are you. Isn’t that pleasant? So yes, this year, I will be present; I will be my imperfect self and I will be there for every moment of my imperfect life. Will you?
Among the New Years’ resolutions of many are some classics (we can all relate, I’m sure): lose weight, quit a bad habit, make more money, etc. And at the root of these resolutions is this common movement towards perfection; a certain pressure to be what we feel we should and to have what we feel we must. This can make us feel inadequate and insecure, like we are simply never enough. There hasn’t been one year where I haven’t aimed to lose eight pounds or be less of a spazz or cut back on how much trail mix I consume, but this year is different. We are all not meant to be the same – some of us are meant to have crooked teeth or drink too much coffee or be quiet and shy, and some of us are just not into yoga or aligning our chakras or eating kale, and every single one of those things is okay. My resolution is to acknowledge these qualities and learn to love them; I want to see the imperfection in my life and be alright with it, experience it, be one with it. Stop trying to be something you are not; instead, open your eyes to who you are at heart and try your hardest to love yourself. Because once you can do this, you can then see the love and beauty and wonder that surrounds you. What makes life special is not our money or weight or GPA, rather it is enjoying Sunday morning biscotti and coffee, long talks on the phone with your best friend, the best chocolate birthday cake you’ve ever had, dressing up for a night on the town; my goodness, it is every moment that this year is going to bless you with, and it is up to you to be present for it or not.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don’t try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Living and being in the moment is a huge goal for 2017, but with small changes, anyone can do it and it is certainly worth a few tries. If you like the sound of loving yourself and loving life a lil’ more, here are some super simple ideas to get ya started:
- Meditate every morning – start with five minutes a day and slowly increase as you get the hang of it (stay updated for a meditation 101 post!)
- Cook as many of your meals as you can – cooking requires full attention and increases our awareness surrounding what we are putting into our bodies
- Buy a coloring book – coloring also requires full attention, putting us into a meditative state as we fill in shapes with beautiful colors
2017 will be a year of love, acceptance, and at the same time, change.