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Wow! It’s a new decade! The 20th year of the 21st century. The year of the metal rat in the Chinese zodiac. A leap year! With all this newness, surrounded by opportunities for a new beginning, I find myself having mixed emotions.

I think it’s human nature to want to be optimistic about a new year, but change is hard. The unknown is even harder. We all hope the turn of the calendar, the next decade, the newness of a day, will bring something, anything, that is considered new or better. Isn’t that how we perceive things? New is better? Think about that, and let it sink in for a minute. 

We have this misconception in life that new is somehow better. But, when we look more closely there’s nothing farther from the truth. New is not always better! 

We sometimes treat old friends and old relationships like an old car. They don’t work as well without a little more tender loving care and maintenance. They take more effort to keep working. So why are we so quick to give up on them? 

In our busy life, in a busy world, sometimes we just need to stop and think about what’s gotten old in our life, and remember what’s worth keeping. Not everything shiny and new should take our attention away from the old and what’s actually right there in front of us. 

Hug your friends today, tell your people you love them, appreciate what you have had with your partner. It doesn’t mean it’s as good as it once was and maybe never will be again, but it has been a part of your life and made you into who you are today. Maybe not new, but hopefully better. Never take any of it for granted. Respect that and act accordingly. Sometimes change isn’t better or worse, it’s just different. It’s growth! It’s life! 

Happy New Year everyone! I’m about to embark on a new journey…I invite you all to come along! xo

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