“Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.”
In the coming year, say what you feel and do what you know you need to do, even if you are afraid, and even if you are scared of getting hurt. It matters.
“It’s very sad to me that some people are so intent on leaving their mark on the world that they don’t care if that mark is a scar.”
Spread goodness and light, and leave people better than you found them this year. Make your mark a mark of elegance and grace, filled with compassion and love.
“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.”
Promise to always, always, always keep faith this year, and know that things will get better.
“I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.”
This year, try not to be so critical of the people you hold near to you. They are only human, and they are trying. Try your best to value their love above the mistakes they may make because if you do, you will learn how to love even more fully.
“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”
Stay in the moment – when you are with your friends, be with your friends. The rest of the details will disappear in time, but the memories of the good times – these will be cherished forever.
“It is so hard to leave – until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
Allow yourself to learn to say good bye. Allow yourself to accept what is best left in the past, or what is no longer serving you.
“So here’s my advice: study broadly and without fear. Learn a language if you can, because that will make your life more interesting. Read a little bit every day. But more importantly, surround yourself with people who you like and make cool stuff with them. In the end, what you do isn’t going to be nearly as interesting or important as who you do it with.”
In 2017, cherish your relationships. Love each other a little bit more. Spend meaningful time with wonderful friends. Who you are with is more important than what you do.
“At some point, you just pull off the band-aid. And it hurts but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”
You can do it. Whatever it is that needs to be done, you can do it. Even though sometimes it hurts, you will grow. Don’t ignore what needs to be done simply out of fear of being hurt. You are incredibly resilient. Be brave this year.
“Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”
Be a little more fearless this year. Take risks for the fun of the risk. You have no idea how it’s going to turn out, but at least part of it is going to be spectacular. So you might as well see what happens.
“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”
Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by glamourous appearances- whether it is money, a person, a job, or a lifestyle. True beauty and true happiness are both internal.In 2017, let go of whatever you are holding onto externally in order to create a life that is beautiful on the inside.
“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
2017 can be your year of forgiveness and compassion. Forgive others, and please – forgive yourself. Mistakes occur and they are only human. Suffering occurs, yet it is always temporary. Forgive yourself, love, and you will find a whole authentically beautiful world at your feet.
“And when people try to minimize your pain, they are doing you a disservice. And when you try to minimize your own pain you’re doing yourself a disservice. Don’t do that. The truth is that it hurts because it’s real. It hurts because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t end, it won’t get better. Because it will.”
When things are hard this year, don’t push them away – don’t shy away in fear. Your feelings are here for a reason. Allow yourself to feel them and listen to them while remembering that things always have a way of getting better. In 2017, hold on to the wisdom that even when times are rough, you have the courage and strength to continue moving forward.
“When you acknowledge that there is nothing repulsive or unforgivable or shameful about yourself, it becomes easier to be that authentic person and feel like you’re living a less performed life.”
Finally learn to forgive yourself this year. Be gentler on yourself and realize that your value is inherent within you – you, as a marvelous human being, have nothing to be ashamed of. Each day is an opportunity to reinvent yourself. You have 365 fresh canvases waiting at your fingertips – don’t hold onto past mistakes as they are no longer relevant.
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
If you find that you truly value and respect someone, go ahead and love that someone. It’s worth the risk. It’s worth the chance.
“As long as we don’t die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.”
Here comes 2017: get out there and live it up.