If you’ve got a pulse, you got a purpose. Charge right into 2021 confident of that. Make your own peace of mind a priority. Accept that life will never be normal again, but it can still be amazing. Charles Darwin got at least one thing right – those who adapt survive. Adapt. With a healthy attitude and without making everyone around you miserable. Walk or ride a bike, instead of driving a car. You’ll be healthier for it, and better able to handle unexpected hardships. Avoid unkindness, if at all possible. Help others, but don’t be taken advantage of by self-absorbed jerks.
Stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn’t step over a puddle for you.
Know this, you deserve kindness and respect simply because you were born human.
Also, be nice to animals and don’t trust anyone who isn’t nice to animals. Brush and floss your teeth, it’s no fun getting dental work, especially now. Wash or sanitize your hands, wear a mask, socially distance. It’s not that hard. Seriously.
My resolution? In a word, Infrastructure. By that, I mean to make certain that systems of living are in place well in advance for whatever comes my way. For example, I’m building my new garden fence as soon as the snow melts. I’m starting my seeds indoors in time to go into the ground outside as soon as it’s safe for them to do so. Last year, I harvested enough vegetables for a large pot of soup. Not good enough, goshdarnit. But I will learn even more this year.
Still brainstorming changes to this blog. More on that in the coming days.
Read books. You’ll find all the inspiration and information you need to get through life within the pages of books. So, read, and read a lot.
Be Brave, Be Kind. Anger and hate are easy, they’re for wimps. You’re better than that, stronger than that. So, do it, and no whining.
Remember, everyone is working hard and enduring a lot right now. Don’t make their lives more difficult by unloading your negative energy on them. Try to deal with your own crap, best you can. If you’re a grown-up, don’t expect others to be your mommy.
You got this. We come from tough stuff. Bring it on, 2021.
P.S. Here’s a link to all the Cowboy Baby Homestead posts, in which you can find resources to help you through this year. Cowboy Baby Homestead – Kimber Li (kimberliauthor.blog)