At yoga yesterday, I went to my mat with the intention of entering 2017 more grounded. If I’m being totally honest, my 2017 calendar is daunting. Between the active duty military opportunities, BIRTHFIT classes and workshops, and family events, I felt a little dizzy looking into next year. It’s not just the time demands that frighten me, it’s how I’m being called to show up at each engagement. I don’t feel ready or qualified to lead in the way I want to lead. I have an abundance of positive intention but make mistakes despite it. The sweet yoga instructor seemed to see into my soul and shared this phenomenal quote from one of my all-time favorite authors, Neil Gaiman:
“And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it’s this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re DOING SOMETHING.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art or love or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Through the practice, I reflected on the idea of making glorious, amazing mistakes and how that is a hallmark for growth. By the end of the practice, I felt grounded and grateful for this upcoming year. I’m excited to try, mess up, and try again.
What scary, imperfect things are you taking on in 2017?