Short, sweet and NOW

Imagine my life as a house. And imagine Ray Bradbury walked into that house unannounced and proclaimed,

“2014 is going to be different. You might not be happy all the time or find all the answers but this year is going to make you think about what is really valuable in life. You will identify and go after those things.”

Maybe Ray said those things and maybe he didn’t. But I’m saying it to you right now.

Fahrenheit 451I’m currently reading Fahrenheit 451 and, let me say, it is the kind of book that makes one shift uncomfortably in bed before falling asleep. Similar to George Orwell’s 1984, this small book packs a realistic punch from a distant unimaginable future. I carry this futuristic dystopian society around with me–to the grocery store, at work, in the gym. How is our current reality similar to a world that hates philosophy and new ideas, a world that burns books? What would I do in such a society? Who would I be?

Which brings me to my very real and very vague 2014 New Year’s Resolution:

Ray Bradbury quote

Life is short. Life is sweet. Life is NOW. 

We are not always given the things we believe we need or deserve. The boss will not award us the promotion or extra week of vacation just because we sit passively waiting for our just desserts. I’ve yet to find my one “true love” while sitting on a park bench watching strangers pass me by. Living is not a passive verb and we are not a passive species. In 2014, I will find things that make my life worth (actively) living. And I will go after those things…whether I’m ready for them or not.

Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.

World’s New Years Resolutions

The world needs some New Year’s Resolutions. With all that has happened in 2012, it’s time for us to reevaluate how we individually treat one another and collectively function as a planet. And while these thoughts might be idealistic, we are all we’ve got. Change starts with the human spirit.

The World: New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

Encourage walking.

Foster long-distance relationships between forgotten friendships.

Help neighbors rebuild a sense of community. 

Inform people that the physical capacity to have children is not a good enough reason to do so.

Create the impetus for immediate action surrounding climate change.

Give all hungry children food.

Plant more trees.

Have those with plenty give to those with few. 

Nourish creativity.

Eliminate racism and hatred.

Remind those with a soft bed to be thankful. Every night.

Breed acceptance for those who are different from what we know.

Stop all weapons from hurting people. 

Eat well.

Live within the means of the Earth.

Shower one another with renewed hope. For the future and for ourselves.

Happy New Year.