“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.”
– Neil Gaiman
Happy New Year folks!
While many saw in the New Year surrounded by crowds, fireworks and bold declarations of change, I greeted 2019 surrounded by friends, food and the showmanship of a sugar-fueled 7 year old girl, up way passed her bedtime.
As the TV flashed images of gleeful revelers around the world, standing arm in arm as they boozily sang Auld’Lang Syne, we raised our glasses filled with bubbles, wished each other well and spoke of our hopes and dreams for the coming year.
The beginning of the year is an opportune time for this; of wishing, dreaming, planning and hoping for the very best and it is truly a heartwarming thing to see hundreds of thousands of people united in jubilant celebration for the year that awaits.
As I drove home, I thought about my 2019. The older I get, the less I do with resolutions as I believe change can and should be made anytime. I’m also not one who adheres to the ‘new year, new me’ mentality as anyone who is able to read knows all too well that change does not come about as the clock strikes midnight, but through a series of intentional decisions.
As my various thoughts playfully chased each other around my mind, the quote above bought them into line and up perfectly summed up what I want out of the next 12 months. Even though I have exciting plans and creative goals, I’d rather you see them, than hear me talk about them.
What I really want out of 2019 is to make mistakes. Not out of malicious intent or foolish error, but rather, I want to make mistakes because I tried new things. I want to make mistakes because I want to push myself creatively. I want to make mistakes because I want to step beyond my comfort zones. I want to make mistakes because I took risks and learned lessons. I want to make mistakes because I challenged myself, stretched myself and grew myself. And if I fail? Then I’d have learned valuable lessons and gained new experiences.
Lastly, I want to make mistakes because a year from now, I want stories; of growth, of creativity, or victories won and scars born. I want stories of new opportunities opened, bold steps taken, fresh creativity realised and bountiful fruit yielded.
As you step into the New Year, I’m not going to wish you a safe, happy or even amazing one. Instead, I’m going to wish you a bold new year. May your coming year be one of mistakes born out of risks taken, challenges faced and ultimately, great stories told.
Wishing you all Bold New Year.
Until the next time