Hey you, thank you

Snow is still sleeping, the trees are singing, the grass talks in its own language — everything is alive, shimmering with a high-frequency life force. Jingle smells, jingle sells.

After bottles are emptied and dinner is done, a lot of plans will be made. A light piece of paper will have to carry heavy goals. A map for the future. Maybe an edible to-do list. A mysterious amount of what-ifs.

We’ll stop walking, talking for a bit, and try to connect with ourselves again. Maybe time will change everything, we think. If the past year wasn’t nice to us, we’ll get a lot of new chances soon.

Change the channel.

Every second is a chance to turn your life around. That’s reality. And reality never changes. Water boils at 100°C at standard air pressure — it is not “more boiled” if you add more heat.

Life gives you different data entry points, which you can use or not. In every moment of your life, you’re the one who makes choices about how many times you want to travel outside the comfort zone, fail and expand horizons. Things happen, and between every action and reaction is empty space, which gives you time to react. Nobody else is going to open an umbrella for you. Nobody else is going to build or save you. Nobody else is going to fix your broken heart.

Are you nice to people? Do you invest in yourself? What kinds of beliefs do you have? What inspires you? What’s your vision? What are your goals? What do you want to create, experience? What are you grateful for? Are you busy or just out of control? You shouldn’t answer with: Ah, who is going to know? What difference does it make? Oh, why would I?

I make my own rules

Intention, attention, no tension. Make plans. Toughen up. Be consistent. Be persistent.

Don’t hang out with people who offer criticism instead of support. Run away from those who can’t dance with you and celebrate your accomplishments. Don’t even try to connect with complainers, the discouragers, self-absorbed, fearful, judgmental, and manipulative human beings. It’s toxic.

Hang out with people who stick with you even when life gets a little stormier.

Listen to yourself. Stop trying to please everyone.

Dance to your own music. Dance better than yesterday.

Don’t let drama touch you. Be at peace with yourself. Be free.

Paralysis by analysis is dumb. Don’t overthink. Stop getting ready to get ready.

Listen. Tell your stories.

Dull, meaningless conversations are so 90s. Be interesting, interested.

Be present. To live in the present moment is the highest calling. It’s the source of all happiness.

Feel the ordinary magic when being honest. Don’t sugarcoat. When you’re not honest with somebody else, you’ve created a second thought process, that has to stay active, keeping track of what you’ve said versus what you’re really thinking. That takes you out of the moment and brings you stress over time.

Learners are earners. Learn something new every day.

Read. I try to read one book per week. After all, would you go to a doctor who never reads another book after med school?

Work with talented, smart, hard working, excellent human beings.

Reinvent yourself. Try things you’ve never done before. Jump into something new often. Take risks.

Remove the word “fine” from your life. If it’s not an enthusiastic “yes,” then it’s a “no.”

Be playful. Experiment.

Travel. As much as you can. Travel far.

Give back. Share your knowledge. Share your stuff. Give away things you don’t need.

Be grateful for what you have. Express your gratitude. It’s contagious.

Do what is right, let the consequence follow.

Thank you!

Thank you for being part of my life. Thank you for all the opportunities that I’ve had to do meaningful work, and a chance to make a difference in the world.

Your stories and experiences help(ed) me sharpen my skills. Without you, I couldn’t create so many amazing projects and share all my creative energy. I’m blessed and grateful.

As my journey continues, my mission is evolving. Every step further brings new opportunities, experiences, and the need to broaden my horizons. I want to learn from people who’ve already experienced more than I did. I want to grow my network. To view situations from different angles. There is nothing more fulfilling than sharing my time with people who share a similar set of values in all dimensions of our lives.

And snip, snap, this year is over and out.

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