When I was younger, my dad used to say, “The next year you have to start planning.
The next year, start thinking.”
I was raised in the ’80s, when planning meant looking forward to the next year.
The first thing I ever did was look at my calendar and start thinking.
The goal is to get out there and get out in the world, to get on a plane and see what’s going on.
That’s my year-end gift to you.
But, for a long time, I’ve been thinking of next year in the same way.
In my own life, I look back at the past years, and it reminds me that it was hard.
It took me a long while to get over the feeling of not being able to do things the way I wanted to do them.
But I was so grateful for the opportunity that came along with that.
So now, next year’s the year you start thinking about what you want to do next.
And then you get your plans and your priorities in order.
That means being proactive.
It means taking time for yourself and letting yourself be the person you want your life to be.
You can do that by thinking about the things you want.
And those are the things that make life worth living.