13, according to numerologists, is a karmic number. A number that will cause upheaval in order to break new ground.
13, according to The Internet, is the smallest number with eight letters spelled out in the english language.
13, according to the superstitious ones in the world is unlucky.
13, according to me… is the year that’s just about to end here in a few days. THANK. GOD.
I will agree with the numerologists, 13 had some upheaval and some new ground that needed some breaking into. It may have been slightly unlucky at times, but not nearly as bad as 2012. Most importantly, as I look back in review of the last 360 days, all of the experiences had, stories shared, photos taken and mistakes made… I think I’m walking out of this year feeling quite good.
There were definitely lessons learned…
Like how to speak up.
I had some good reminders…
Like following my gut.
There are always firsts…
Like watching Paul McCartney LIVE, traveling to Thailand, and gaining the courage to just GO for it- even if it’s scary.
So what’s up for 2014?
I learned that as much as I want to change, there are somethings that I just can’t let go of. The passion I have for dance is not something I can cover up or throw away. No, I don’t want to be labeled “just” a dancer. No, I don’t want it to be my career anymore. And No… I can’t stop doing it- ever.
I learned that I absolutely love the city of Denver, I get anxious in cold weather (yes, anything under 50 degrees) and I am a damn good parallel parker.
I learned that best friends are not defined. Best friends are just there. It can be years before you see each other again, but they are always there. A short surprise visit from Texas and a long awaited reunion of 4 years abroad reminded me that you don’t have to see each other everyday to be each other’s bestie- it’s an unspoken bond written by sleepless nights of pure laughter, secrets, nail polish and of course really bad, but awesome music.
I felt love… the real kind.
The kind that makes your insides melt.
I learned that I’m not done learning.
And finally, I learned that each new year… isn’t going to change everything. Just because we begin our rotation again, doesn’t mean we are going to change our routine. We are who we are and 2014 isn’t going to magically turn you into a super model, kale shake drinking prom queen… especially because you hate kale… and why are you trying to go to prom again?
To me, New Years is just a new day. January 1st is another day you wake up, take in a deep breath, thank the stars above for this life and choose to be a good person. So… Here’s to the daily choices we make. My goal is to continue learning, continue growing, and continue being me.
Because that’s the best I can do.
Cheers to 2014. May it be the best yet.