Every moment is an opportunity for a fresh start but somehow we look to the beginning of a new calendar year to bring about a wave of change.
Of the many things I've learned over the course of this tumultuous, unpredictable year is that you cannot control the timing of your life. So sorry January 1st, 2017, today isn't the day. Or maybe it is and I just don't know it yet.
2016 took to me like the ocean. Vast, filled with beauty but at times, all consuming. There was a sense of stillness and then once I felt slightly comfortable, I got tossed around and had to find my balance, time and again. Some days there were no swells and there was the tranquility reminiscent of life on a lake. And then there were days where I didn't see it coming... when a big wave would knock me under, gasping for air. I managed to brush it off, laugh at myself, get back up on the board and ride it out. Don't compromise your self worth and make sure you are learning, growing every f*cking day. Create great work, form solid relationships and if you come to the realization that you're being undervalued, move forward and move on. There will be other waves.
We all experienced significant losses this year, from the David Bowie to Carrie Fisher. Nothing had profoundly affected me like the insurmountable recent passing of my grandmother, Safta Rachel. 95 years young she was the reminder that life isn't always short. It was filled with love, great food, friendship and family. With hardships that make my waves look like puddles, she instilled a sense of courage, tolerance and strength in us all to overcome whatever comes our way.
So while I'm looking forward to where the next 364 days will take me, there's one thing I know for sure is that every day we will press reset. In the words of the classic Irish band, "I will begin again." And so will you too / U2.
Stay bitten ;)