May I learn all my lessons this year

I am going into this New Year with a couple of realizations that I hope stay with me. They may not be new to you. In fact, they may not be new to me, but I think I may finally be starting to realize the meaning here.

1 – I don’t always have to appear happy to the outside world. Sometimes I just am not happy. I don’t want to let everyone know by bitching about everything all the time, but I also don’t have to put on a fake smile and pretend everything is okay if it is not.

2 – It is okay to be depressed once in a while. The truth is that I have things to be depressed about. I don’t want to live my life in a state of depression, but it is okay to let this overcome me once in a while.

3 – My life is pretty good; I know and appreciate that fact. My life is not perfect, however; I also know and appreciate that fact. So if you happen to catch me on a day when I am feeling more of the downs than the ups, please cut me a little slack.

4 – I get to make my own choices. This is a good thing, even though I would sometimes like to abdicate this responsibility. The choices are mine to make, and I will make them.

5 – Very few decisions are irreversible. I will do my due diligence, make my decisions, and move on. If I make a decision that cannot be reversed, then I will learn from that decision.

6 – Everything in life is a “lessons learned” moment. If I like the way things turned out, I can learn a lesson from it. If I don’t like the way it turned out, I can learn a lesson from that.

I am starting this New Year with a fervent wish that I learn all my lessons this year!

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