Hello, Goodbye

outtake from Santa Pics 2015
We say goodbye to 2015. This year has been a year of changes for me and the naked kidz. We started the year and winter with a trip to New York City during the coldest weather on record (but we had fun). The spring season saw us moved to a new home and new neighborhood to care better for my mother. The summer brought us both joy and sadness as we said hello to Lexi Liu and said good-bye to Jamaican Jake. The fall gave me a new position and new set of responsibilities at my job, and we now end 2015, finally getting to participate in the National Tree Lighting ceremony (only been trying for 6 six years), but not very sure of what I want for the coming year, hello 2016.

Jake and Lexi
When I look at 2016, I don’t just see the following year, but the rest of my life and even at my age I’m not sure what that is at the moment. I need to give it a thought.  Should I present a cliche' statement for the New Year? I will not.  I want to make/save/create more money, I want to lose weight, improve my health, climb a mountain, jump off a cliff, learn a new language, try new things, find love, enjoy being alone, cook, write, read, laugh… etcetera, etcetera. It's bullshit most of it. I do some things to make this all happen, but not diligently. Maybe that’s because I like what my days are. Perhaps in part, because I’m sure I’ll fail which makes it not worth it to try harder. Everyone has advice, but no real answers and I just don't know how to approach any of it or where to start (insert cliché here).

I spent the better part of a day looking for inspirational quotes, but I couldn’t find one that I could embrace. Then I read something off to the side of the Google search engine that said “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” It was in an ad from Arthur Ashe Foundation. If you are young or haven't heard his name before, he was the first African-American to win in singles at Wimbledon; the #1 ranked tennis player in the world. Ashe had knee surgery and became infected with the HIV and later developed AIDS. In the year leading up to his death, he created a foundation to promote the sport within the African-American community, starting his foundation with practically no money. We willed part of his estate and the use of his name to fund it. Serena and Venus Williams are beneficiaries of one of the foundation’s programs. The organization has grown far beyond its original goals and is one of the most successful run philanthropic ventures of its kind.

Arthur Ashe

I by no means believe that I am going to create something earth shattering, I’m pretty sure of that. Neither my name nor my estate would do anyone much good. I think, just maybe the point is simply to choose to start. I don’t know if Mr. Ashe had doubts about his goals or his ability to accomplish them, but maybe just acting on what little I am sure about this year is enough to change something, maybe just to change me.

Good Luck in 2016.






10 comments:

  1. That's what so great about the start of the new year. You just never know what be ahead ...we are filled with hope and new beginnings. May 2016 bring wonderful things!

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  2. I'm glad to hear that 2015 was a great year for you! I hope that 2016 brings bigger and better surprises. :) I hope that your new position and new home are going well. Your cats are adorable and I love seeing them!

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    1. We love it when you visit the blog! Be well Robin.

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  3. Thanks for that Arthur Ashe quote. It's a truly wonderful thing, and a great idea. Big resolutions ("I'll lose 20 pounds!") just seem daunting. And often, you're right, they're easy to give up on. I love the idea of small, incremental changes that are easy to embrace and respectful of where we are now. That's something we could all use in 2016.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  4. Starting where you are is wonderful advice. Don't think of failing, but of having no other choice but to succeed. I think many of us can relate to the same old cliches the we hear every year. Hell, I even spew them myself sometimes. But I love the feeling of having another year to try and live fabulously. :-) I love that I discovered your blog and look forward to reading more in the new year! P.S.--I have a naked kid, too. A Mini Xolo. :-) Happy New Year!

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    1. Once you go naked, you'll want to stay that way :oP
      Happy New Year!

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  5. Wishing you a most wonderful and prosperous 2016 as you chase your dreams :-)

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