Every year I write a Journey Plan. It’s a categorized list of things I want to strive for in the coming year and it is by no means written in stone. It has things as simple as ‘wash face before bed daily’ (which incidentally, I did every single day of 2013 except for 3) and things more complex like re-uniting with old friends, making a plan for relationships and finding a hobby. Everything is up for editing, erasing and expounding on throughout the year, because while no place in time is static, an entire year is certainly not and I don’t do this to determine success or failure to sticking to a list.
The other thing I did last year that I’m adopting again this year is a Mission Statement. Last year my mission statement was ‘Do your best. Every day’. I like to think that it was a good beacon for weighing decisions against altho to be honest, there were many periods of time in the last year that I don’t think I was doing my best. I came up with my 2014 Mission Statement about three months ago and I’ve been keeping it under my hat for just this post. The funny thing is that there is a great connection between my Mission Statement and the 90SecondsofReal Project that I am a part of. Why such a great connection? Because my 2014 Mission Statement is…. Drumroll please…..
Funny how coincidences sometimes align themselves so perfectly as to not actually appear as coincidences. I liked the simplicity of the statement Be Real. That’s what we should be striving for right? It’s incredible just how difficult it actually is to be consistently real. The whole world is set up for sabotage. The media wants you to wear false eyelashes, dye your hair, whiten your teeth… Social Media only gives you 140 characters to tell a polished version of what your life is actually like and it even provides filters to add an extra layer of ‘unreal’ to your photos. Self help books suggest you fake it till you make it (which in itself is not such a terrible thing sometimes) and most people who as ‘how are you’ aren’t even listening for your answer… double not listening if your answer happens to be anything other than ‘I’m good thanks, you?’.
A friend of mine sent me a text about three or four months ago and said that he was proud of me for being able to stand up for myself and do the impossible * against all odds and against a world that doesn’t understand and would prefer to see me fail. It was a little seed that sat in my brain until I realized that all I was doing was being real. Genuine. Authentic. And I wasn’t even doing it ‘on purpose’. So I wondered… what would happen should I make a concerted effort to be these things with purpose…well, as Dr. Seuss says… oh, the places you will go.
So this year, I plan to practice being real. It might not always be the popular choice… honestly, that doesn’t bother me. Because I’m not looking for popularity. I’m looking for the best me I can be.
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