A New Year and New Hopes

by Kayla Trail

Amid baubles and bare boughs

I for one have never like that the new year starts in the beginning of winter. Spring always seems like a better time for new beginning. But that is neither here nor there.

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope you all ushered in the new year to your liking, surrounded by those who bring you the most happiness in this world.

Last night we bid farewell to the year 2012 and welcomed in 2013 with open arms and flutes brimming with cheap champagne. (At least, I had cheap champagne. I hope you had something better.) And with the new year inevitably comes the dreaded NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS.

I am the worst at keeping my new year’s resolutions. Just like the rest of the futile promises to better ourselves by exercising more, loosing those ten pounds, and all other such frivolous vows that are out of our minds before we even see February. This year, I’ve decided to do more than just make a resolution. I recently read this article from Cracked.com, that while hilarious also rang a bit true and got me thinking about what I have to contribute to society and those I spend time with on a regular basis.

So this year, instead of losing weight, exercising more or finding the man of my dreams, I’m just going to do more. I’m going to write a lot, finally learn to place the ukulele, take sewing lessons, paint a bit, blog on more regular basis, travel like the world is my oyster, cook some things I’ve never dreamed of cooking, dance, and when I’m done, I’ll look for some more stuff to do.

Last month I turned 25 and when you ask me my age, I still have the inclination to reply 22.  I have the feeling that I have had a tiny quarter-life crisis. When I look back on my 22 year old self and the self that I am now, I am disappointed in the lack of experiences and skills I have acquired. Sure, since graduating from college, I have landed a job that I love and met many amazing people who have guided me to many amazing experiences but I don’t feel that I’ve done enough to give back.

Scrolling through Tumblr all day benefits no one, least of all myself.

So I am looking forward to a new year chock full of new opportunities, new friends and new experiences with old friends. I hope that whatever your hopes and aspirations for the new year come true for you as well, dear reader.  Remember that there is so much good out there in the world but it is up to us to go out there at take it, forcefully if need be.  And all of this brings to mind a New Year’s Wish quote from author Neil Gaiman that has stuck with me since I read it. It goes as follows:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Becuase 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.”

I think that pretty much sums up all I’ve got left to say on the subject. Go forth, lovely people and DO!



P.S. Here is a song I have had stuck in my head all day. And while you’re at it check out the website, Naturally Beardy. If you like bluegrass, banjos, awesome musicians or just awesomeness in general, you won’t regret it. I promise.