The Life in Our Years

As we wrap up 2014, many reflect on their year and think about what to change for the next year. With New Year’s resolutions flying left and right, I thought I’d add mine to the mix:

  1. I don’t want to change anything about myself; I want to learn acceptance and gratitude for what my body already allows me to do.
  2. I don’t want to save so much money for things that I forget to spend money on experiences.
  3. I don’t want to worry so much about the changes that will come in life that I forget to live every minute of every day.
  4. I will, however, take years off my life before I’ll take life off of my years.

That last one may sound a bit extreme, but think about it, what’s the point of life if you don’t live it?

I think it’s important in these years after college to experience all that I can and take chances on just about everything. This is not to say that I’m going to pick up bad habits for the hell of it, but I want 2015 to be the year that I do the crazy things that I’d only dream of doing.

I guess this urge to live life to the fullest comes from the fact that this year will mark the 10th anniversary of my dad’s death. After receiving the news that he had colon cancer at 42, he started doing the things that he had wanted to do his whole life and I’m so glad I got to go along for the ride.

While I love my dad and am thrilled every time I find myself being more like him, I want to learn from him and start my bucket list now, when I still feel young, able and invincible.

So as we begin 2015, I’ll start some of my items mentioned in my bucket list and reflect on the lessons I’ve learned from them. I hope you do the same to put more life in your years.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

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