Cross your fingers and say a prayer everyone. The New Year is right around the corner and, well, who knows what it’s going to be like. Usually, your first instinct is to hope. Hope the year will be better. Hope your dreams will be on your way or just hope that you’ll have a little bit of success. Yet, with 2020 and 2021 and all the COVID whatnot that’s still going on, it seems that everyone’s hesitating into the New Year. Instead of walking right in, we’re cracking open the door to take a peek to hopefully see what we’re getting ourselves into.
Unfortunately, no one can fully predict what the next year will be like. Everyone could have a paradise of a year, COVID could finally go away, or we could all be stung by radioactive bees and suddenly find ourselves in the world of superheroes. It sounds a little farfetched, but at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised. Regardless of what the New Year will bring, I hope you enjoyed your 2021 on some scale. A few weeks ago, I did a post on Where Has the Year Gone? I hope you take a look at it to help reflect on your 2021. Maybe it’ll inspire you to look forward to the New Year?
Allow me to be honest: I’m not exactly excited for the New Year. I want to be that person that stands up in front and says “Yeah! 2022 will be my year! You’ll see! My dream will come true! It’s gonna happen!” But, I felt that way last year and now I’m revising my entire novel…again. Don’t get me wrong, it needs these revisions and I’m excited for them, but it brings up that nagging in the back of my mind that maybe my novel will never be ready for publishing no matter how much I work on it. So, for 2022, I’m not setting high expectations. My New Year’s resolution is to just finish this current revision. I have to balance work and other stuff, so I’ve no idea how long this revision is going to take. Hopefully, it won’t take all year, but I could end up in a car crash and be in a coma for most of it so I’m giving myself plenty of wiggle room to get the draft done.
When it comes to 2022, I’m going to take it a step at a time. No high expectations. No long shot goals. And certainly no stressing over “Where do you see yourself in ten years” questions. I don’t care if that means I’m not ambitious. I’m going to go at my own pace and see where putting one foot in front of the other will get me. 2020 and 2021 have been…strange. So, why tempt 2022 into being even stranger?
So, that’s how I’m hesitating into 2022. You may be wanting to dive right into the New Year and good for you! However, if you’re like me and you’re not sure you want the New Year to come around, don’t feel bad about it. A new year means different things to different people and we’ve all got to go at our own pace. Your dream may come true or you may just be taking the next step toward it. Or, maybe you’re living the dream and you can just cruise into the New Year. Good for you! Well done! I only ask that you don’t judge the rest of us who are struggling to see those dreams come true. Times are…strange these days.
I hope you enjoy these last few days of 2021–may it be kind to you on its way out–and I hope you enjoy your 2022. May your dreams come true. May your health be well. May you read A LOT of good content (hopefully on this website). And may you not end up on the side of the road in a blizzard like I did January 1st, 2021.
Seasons greetings and I’ll see you in the New Year, my friends.