Ditch your New Year Resolutions, and start your 2016 Journey to Awesomeness.
What if, instead of talking New Year Resolutions all of the time, we talked about the New Year Journey? The word “resolution” just seems so unyielding, and no one likes working under pressure like that. But a journey? A journey is a process. Everyone knows that you can’t just jump from A to B. You have to follow the road and make stops along the way. Sometimes there are detours. Sometimes you leave something behind and have to go back for it. That’s how a resolution should work too. The problem is that most people think that just because they’ve made a resolution that they can apparate like a Wizard and reach London in under 30 seconds. Sorry, Muggles. It’s not going to happen. Imagine, instead that you are traveling, instead, by thestral or hippogriff. In other words– hold on tight because it’s going to be a bumpy ride (but still pretty cool!).
Even the best heroes have to take their journey one step at a time.
Harry Potter spent 7 years training and facing numerous challenges before he defeated He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but he still played Quidditch and went to Hogsmeade and hung out with his besties.
Sam and Dean Winchester move from one earth-shattering tribulation to the next, but they still take a Vegas vacay every year, chill out with a beer most nights, and laugh at each other’s stupid jokes.
Daredevil allows himself to indulge in the company of friends, and manages to glean satisfaction from his chosen career.
What will your journey look like?
Each of your resolutions is a journey too, that starts where you are and ends where you would like to be. Some destinations are closer than others. Some roads will be full of potholes. But as long as you don’t give up or turn back, you will get there eventually. The most important part is that you learn to enjoy the process. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Becoming a real-life hero can be your best journey yet, so long as you play your cards right. There’s a lot of internal work to be done when you’re transforming yourself to superhero-status, but there’s also a lot of just plain awesomeness to be had. Let’s say that you’re working on confronting people who suck, rather than letting their poison suffocate the rest of the world. That can be a pretty intense task for most budding Superheroes. So throw something fun into the mix. Maybe you could learn to throw Chinese Throwing Stars or build drool-worthy abs. Or heck, maybe you can just go catch a movie or get a facial. Who says that change has to be insufferable?
Stop taking everything so seriously. Life is too short.