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Neil Gaiman – In this new year

“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 the world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

So that’s my wish for you, and for all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes, make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

New year resolutions.

I have to say I’ve never really been a fan of the new year resolution. I always break them. Setting a goal based on the time of year doesn’t quite work for me. I’ve tried “going to the movies more often”, “compiling a birthday book” and “doing my filing” yet even years later these are unmet goals. You only have to see how many people go to the gym in January and watch as attendee numbers return to normal the following month to see that I am not alone.

Ultimately I think we do things we really want to do. Arbitory goals will often remain just that. We have to be ready, willing and determined to make changes otherwise we will simply remain where we are. Sometimes of course the changes we know we need to make may be emotionally difficult and we will often put them off until we have little choice but to make a decision. What is not good for the soul is to continually put thoughts aside. Ignoring feelings, emotions and changes that we have to make will eventually break us.

What I do appreciate however about the new year goal is the chance to review and reflect. It’s good to see where things are at both in terms of looking on the year just passed and on the one that’s still to come. I also believe that making a public statement of intention can be a valuable thing to do.

So, while I’ll still be continuing this year with my dream of cycling the globe I also enter 2014 conscious of the year after and what I hope to do on my return. I’m starting this blog so I can continue  a love for writing and hope to build my cycle blog following with the dream of writing a book on my return.

Whether or not you set resolutions or are perhaps a little similar in approach to me I would certainly still urge you to take time to think. Were you dreading a return to work? Do you prefer work life to that of home? Are you sitting on an unfulfilled dream?

One life. One opportunity. Don’t waste it.
Dream. Plan. Do.