Today I am entering a new decade. December birthdays can be somewhat bittersweet. I mean, yes, I am thankful to have been born and yet, having my birthday just days before Christmas, well, you know how that story goes. Not to mention my Jan Brady place in the family. But enough melancholy, I have finally come to appreciate that my birthday is so close to the birth celebration of Jesus (I’m a believer) and the new year for me is also close to the new year for everybody. So, really, it’s a great time.
I celebrated as I have done for so many years now, by taking a trip to Las Vegas. I love Vegas because it really is an adult playground. There’s something for everyone. I’ve seen most of the shows (O remains a favorite) and have been to some of the best restaurants (Nobu and Mesa Grill are tops). The shopping is amazing and there are always new things popping up. This year, though, I decided to start a new tradition. While we will continue our annual Vegas trip, we’ll do so in the summer. Maybe, we will come back for certain birthdays, but for now, it will be a summer thing.
The last decade was a time of self-reflection and self-discovery. (So, basically, a lot of selfishness. Lolsob.). From reading all of the self-help books (Wayne Dyer, anyone?) to going on silent retreats, I’ve learned so many things about myself and life in general. The next decade is going to be about action. Taking action on everything I want to see, do, and create. Words can only take you so far. (I do realize the irony of starting this blog, BTW.)
So, here’s to a new year, a new decade, and a new journey! And, while I know I can take the “safer” route and be happy (keep a corporate job and stay in the same place), my heart yearns for new adventures and more risk-taking. I leave you with an excerpt from one of my favorite poems: