It’s been a Happy New Year so far.
I’m sitting here in the Ft. Lauderdale airport waiting for my flight home to DC, after spending an amazing 7 days cruising the Eastern Caribbean to start the new year. It’s easy to focus on the cliche resolution of losing the holiday weight to start the year (it’s even easier to focus on weight loss after eating amazing food while away at sea!), but my resolution has a lot more thought and focus than my resolutions of years past.
After having such an amazing year of self-discovery and self-awareness, my outlook for 2020 is a lot healthier than it was for 2019. A year ago, everything was about survival (damaged relationships, and both my physical and emotional health). Because I felt very defensive in just about any and every interaction, there were a lot of things I learned about myself in hindsight.
Things are much better at the start of this year. I’ve reconnected with people who were important to me, I’ve made some amazing new friends (which will hopefully include new friends made this past week), and I’ve let go of some toxic and/or stale friendships that no longer had any value. I’m even trying to show more compassion to those who don’t show any in return, as it’s a helluva better alternative than allowing them to push my buttons anymore.
May 2020 be a year of positively looking forward, and not a year of negatively looking back.