Live life as only you can

My wish for you in this new year is the same as my wish for me …

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.

It’s something I read from English author, Neil Gaiman, who wrote it a couple of years ago. I felt liberated and inspired when I read it, excited by unknown possibilities. My insides vibrated at the anticipation of magic and mystery, of fun, and of dreams coming true. The unexpected and surprise was waiting, all I had to do was dare to go and find them.

That’s what life is supposed to be about – being brave to act on our desires, to experience our joy.

So my wish for you and me is to read a fine book or two and be ready for a kiss or more, which is love and how I love, love! Why not tell someone how wonderful he or she is with a kiss and wish them well. Forget about any fear or rules because missing the opportunity to tell someone how you feel about them is sad. There may be heartache or embarrassment, but isn’t it better to have tried? And if they think you’re wonderful too, that’s a double bonus!

I’m encouraged to create, we all are. The words we write can influence beyond boundaries and affect lives in places we never dreamed of; paintings, drawings, photos and anything we create or build can move insurmountable obstacles inside of us, things we may be unaware we had. Theatre and music can make us shed tears we can’t explain, dance can tell stories of a lifetime, of heartache and pain.

So that’s my wish to you: go take a chance and explore, and love, dare to love beyond what you ever have. Speak to that person that intrigues you; try a new café, coffee or cake; pledge to edit three chapters of your novel in a month, regardless of whatever else is happening around you. Decide to run that marathon and begin the long train for it. Help someone you have never helped before.

My wish to you is to live life as only you can.

Find your courage to take a chance or two for you will uncover things you may otherwise never experience. Be brave to find some magic and fun. There’s as much joy in the trying as in the accomplishing. You may even surprise yourself at what you discover, do or feel.

So go write your list of five things you will do in 2013. As you begin to write, your list may grow beyond five, and that’s okay. List them as, I will …

Then store them under your pillow or in a safe place and go back to them in April or at Easter time to see how you’re tracking. Fine-tune them if need be to make sure you’re on your path, then store them again until the end of the year.

So go set your intentions. I dare you.

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