So in a last ditch effort to find inspiration before the year ends, I popped onto one of my favorite author's blog in hopes that his usually cleverly written New Year's wish would lift my spirits. But one day before New Year's Eve, Neil Gaiman hasn't posted anything yet. Bummed, I checked his 2011 New Year's post and found the inspiration I've been yearning for:
"I hope that in this year to come, you make MISTAKES.Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever."
I remember always telling the younger members of our team at work that during my short stint in the corporate world, the thing that stuck in my head the most were the three words that we abide by after every glitch we encounter:
"LEARNINGS, MOVING FORWARD."
Words that, to my joy, they never forgot.
And now, it's time to practice what I preach. 2012, I am ready to move on from you, learnings in tow. And 2013, I AM ready for you. LET'S DO THIS, BABY!