I’m not a big fan of having a resolution that has to happen on January 1st. I must prefer having resolutions that speak to how I’m going to live in the new year. Here’s a post that I put on Facebook on January 1. This just about sums it up for me.
I’ve been home today enjoying the first day of a new year and making plans for 2017. As I look back at 2016, I have realized that it was not a bad year at all. In fact, the people who we have lost have given us all so many gifts that we need for 2017.
There are so many, but here are a few.
Like David Bowie and Prince, let your freak flag fly. You have no idea whose life you will make better and easier by sharing your own oddities and talents. And like Prince, don’t make a big deal about it when you help but always help when you can.
Like Leonard Cohen, find the poetry in the mundane. And regardless of whether or not your voice is traditionally pretty, sing out loud.
Like Alan Rickman, don’t let your age dictate your ability. Follow your dreams whenever you find them.
Like Dan Haggerty, spend time in nature.
Like Glen Frey, keep coming back for more.
Like Maurice White, find your groove.
Like Vanity, invest in good lingerie regardless of who is going to see it.
Like Joey Feek, share your pain with the people who care about you. It will be easier for everyone to carry a small piece of it.
Like Morely Safer, tell it like it is. And make sure you check all your facts.
Like Muhammad Ali, make sure you tell the world just how fabulous you are.
Like Bill Cunningham, capture and commemorate the beauty that you see in the world.
Like Marni Nixon, do your best to make sure everyone around you shines.
Like Alexis Arquette, be your true self.
Like George Michael, be the person who makes everyone else want to dance.
Like Janet Reno, break down the barriers.
Like John Glenn, do at least one thing in your life that makes everyone else say “Holy shit, did you see what he/she/they just did! Wow!”
Like Sharon Jones, fight as hard as you can, even if you know you will lose.
Like Elie Wiesel, survive to tell your story. And then tell it well.
Like Zsa Zsa Gabor, be glamorous and beautiful at all times. Even when you’re not.
Like Abe Vigoda, be reliable and consistent. It’s good to be the person that everyone can rely on.
And like Gene Wilder, see the humor in life, show it to others and laugh alone if no one else gets the joke.