“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
I’m watching (in a repeat airing) the Tournament of Roses parade on this January 1, 2013 and thinking about the year to come, and the theme resonated with me “Oh the Places You Will Go” from Dr. Seuss.
I started out 2012 on a plane to Vienna, heading ultimately to Slovakia, on a journey to find myself and find some purpose.
I ended 2013 sitting on a beach in Waikiki, tears pouring down my face as fireworks celebrated the first year without my Dad being on this earth.
In between those two points, life happened. Not all of it good, not all of it bad, but all because of the simple fact that I am alive.
I’m not going to give a detailed account of the moments in between but rather try to sum up what I’ve learned over the past, rather challenging, year. I learned . . .
- nothing ever goes as expected, but the unexpected can bring pleasant surprises.
- nothing is ever perfect, but with hard work we can learn to embrace imperfection
- never retrace your steps
- you are never too old to dream, or to take chances because the unexpected can happen
- nothing will happen if you don’t make it happen.
- your past doesn’t have to dictate your present or your future
Tomorrow morning I will be on a plane, back to reality, back to the cold. I can’t say that this has been the most relaxing vacation in my life. Nor has it been the most joyous holiday season. However, I know that what happens next is up to me. and that I want to be able to look back on my life without regrets.
I want to learn from the wisdom of Dr. Seuss.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss
I may not know what the future brings. I may not have resolutions (as I don’t believe in them), but I have two feet, a brain, an imagination, a dream, and a future.
I wonder where those tools will take me.
May you all find peace and joy as your feet carry you forward to new, wonderful, unimagined places!