I am alive. You are alive. We all are incredibly and uniquely alive. What a beautiful and unfathomable fact this is.
Because you are physically alive, discover what makes you YOU and what makes your soul feel alive. Then do those things. Do them every, single day and become inspired. Life is too short to do the things you hate. You hear this all the time - it’s become so redundant and dull, but I’m serious. Life is the most sacred thing you will ever do. Do it well and do it with purpose. Swim in deeper waters - literally and figuratively. Learn new skills and take up wacky hobbies. Explore outside and slow down enough to look at the world with your heart and mind. You are alive.
Everything around you is breathing. Do you know what the tree outside your house looks like? Could you describe it’s branches or trunks in detail? Look at these living things. Look at people. Memorize the lines of their face. Life is right here, in this moment - not in 2016 or anywhere else in the future. It’s THIS moment. You are alive.
I hope you are reading this from a phone. I hope you are in a car with friends or waiting at a table for happy hour. I hope you are scrolling mindlessly through Facebook, New Year’s festivities still a few hours off. I want you to read this all the way through. Read it aloud so your whole body can hear and feel each word. Then turn your phone off. Put it down. Take a deep breath in and feel the last hours of 2015 in your soul. Meditate on who you’ve become and stop thinking about who you’re not. Meditate on this: You are alive.
Another thing, be kind to yourself and be kind to others - the world doesn’t need more angry people. When you get a chance, go to a bathroom and stare at yourself in the mirror, seriously. Check out your [insert body part you speak words of hate to most] and then whisper, you’re beautiful. And eat more food that tastes like food (I suggest cheese) and toast a big glass of your choice beverage tonight. You are alive.
Also, be a kind person. Speak loving words like you're a fire-spitting dragon. Tell the ones you love how beautiful and fantastic and perfect they are. Hold their hands and gaze into their soul. Say I love you and you’rewonderful more than you ever have.
They are alive too, and this is a beautiful thing.
Lastly, dance your ass off tonight. Find a beat that makes you move and let it all go. Stop worrying and judging and holding grudges and believing lies about yourself and others. Crank up the tunes and dance that junk away. You are alive.
Use your legs. Use your arms. Dance with your soul and your friends and your life. You are so beautiful and human and perfect in this moment. 2015, whatever it brought your way, made you so much more extraordinary than you believe you are. I know and believe 2016 will do the same.
Now, breath in:
Honor this truth and choose to live fuller - this year and for the rest of your days.