Right now it is January of 2015—the throws of winter, and a time to look forward and make resolutions for the new year. Yet as I look forward, I tend to also look back to 2014 for guidance and lessons. 2014 was a very strenuous and intense year all around. For one, my father passed away which was a lot to deal with. He was born in the spring and died in the winter. Yet for me, death is a lot like our snowy winter months; it is not to me the end of things, but rather the end of an era and the start of something new.
Like the seasons, death is part of the inevitable circle of life. In order for there to be a summer, we have to make it through winter. When we are born, that is the spring of our lives, our young adulthood the summer, and our senior years our waning winter months. I tend to believe that like the seasons, our lives will start all over again as our souls export from our current body into another. And that when we are put into the ground, we dissolve and become one with the soil that trees grow from. We give birth to mother nature when we die. With death comes birth, and within that are resolutions we make that aim to make us better and move with more ease through our tempestuous seasons.
One resolution I have for 2015 is to save a little money and start a whiskey distillery. My best friend Stephen came up with the idea, I agreed, and we are looking to grow some rye on a farm. I can’t wait to tell you more, but we are still in the early stages. What I can share is that starting and literally harvesting my own business will signal a new chapter in my life, one which I feel I need. It will be a challenge, yet I always feel we have to let the hard times in with the good.
Another resolution I have is to not get hung up on dating. I’m sure I am not alone in this. In the past, when things would not got the way I hoped with someone I was interested in, I would get very down on myself. I would put a lot of pressure on myself and subsequently the girl I would be interested in, which had the effect of unintentionally turning her off. I would be disappointed when things didn’t go the way I had hoped and I would become hard on myself and upset. I don’t know what happened, but one day I just woke up and said to myself, “it’s just not worth it; life’s too short to be upset when something doesn’t go your way.”
The new year is all about starting over and changing yourself into the person you want to be. Life is just too short.
Wherever you are, stay warm, enjoy the journey through the seasons, and here’s to a great 2015