Happiness is a choice. Anyone can become, among a circle of friends, the “joy lightbulb,” as my friend calls people who seem to emote positivity. You may shine brighter than your peers, your boss, even your parents. I somehow resisted writing a 2011 wrap-up, but I have been thinking a lot about what’s going to unfold in my life in 2012.
No resolutions here, predictions about how many times I will use my passport, pounds I’m going to lose. I’m not vowing to stay dedicated to my job, or to leave it, or act a certain way or to stop a bad habit.
I have only one declaration: Once and for all, after three years of playing with the idea like a young cat pawing at a toy mouse, I am going to throw out all preconceived notions about what my life is or isn’t supposed to be like.
I am going to dig down deep and work on finding out what makes ME happy. There’s no need to keep up with the proverbial Joneses, whoever they may be. In my life, I could easily fall into a deep rabbit hole comparing myself to all my married friends, or ones who make a lot of money. I could say I don’t travel enough for my online travel world I care so passionately about, or write meaty enough stories for some of my writer and journalist friends who may think I’ve sold out by editing a luxury title, a job I love with all my heart.
My independent streak combined with my Piscean creativity side has made following my dreams something of a guiding star, as I zig-zag the world on adventures. But I am still a goal-oriented person who IS affected by what others think I should be doing.
That comes to an end right now.
I am following my own heart, where-ever it might lead in 2012.
My friends… 2012 is going to rock the house down. For me, that’s because I’m going to be pure in my intentions and figure out what makes ME happy. And if that means doing things that scare me or go against what I’ve been raised to do, so be it.
No matter what I find out, I will follow that lead. Because this year, over everything else…
I choose happiness.
If you toss aside your resolutions, what is YOUR goal for this year?
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