Has 2016 left a bad taste in your mouth about the new year?
Past disappointments and setbacks can produce anxiety about the future, especially when an unexpected life event puts your life in upheaval and chaos. Sometimes the anxiety screams loudly and is often unapologetic. It works in conjunction with fear – its favorite sidekick and partner in crime – to overthrow hope and kick it to the curb.
Whether your 2016 deserves a high five for its kindness or a major eye roll for bringing the drama, you’ve survived the highs and lows and made it to the new year. For many, January 1st marks a new beginning. A chance to start fresh and create New Year’s resolutions to help them create change and obtain successful outcomes, whether it’s working out more or starting a new career.
But my favorite holiday song continues to blare on overhead as shoppers make their way through crowded aisles, searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones. Kids in shopping carts stare bright-eyed at the toys on the shelves. Checkout lines continue to grow along with my irritation and frustration. And if one more person asks the cashier about a ten percent off coupon, I vow to put this item back and walk out.
My hubby and I decided to spend Thanksgiving at one of my favorite local restaurants. We strolled in a few hours before closing time, ordered the restaurant’s Thanksgiving dinner and watched football on the flat screen. Just the two of us. It wasn’t our initial plan or the ideal holiday dinner I envisioned, but it turned out to be what we both needed.
Now I’m aware that this makes me sound extra greedy even as a “foodie,” so let me clarify. I ran for hot chocolate alongside thousands of other people on an early and windy morning in downtown Chicago. And it was so much fun!
At some point in life, most of us have come across a quote, read an article or engaged in conversations about letting go of the past. Stop dwelling on what happened yesterday. Don’t think about what’s behind you. Live in the present. Look toward the future.
No one wants to be known as basic nowadays. It’s not flattering, cute and it’s definitely not considered a compliment. If you were trying to get to know someone and a mutual friend pulled you aside and said, “He/She is soooo basic.” That person would lose some cool points, and you’d probably keep it moving. Unless basic is your thing (and that’s cool too...no judgment here).