Dear you,

It’s a new year, and a new year is a time for looking forward, and a way to look forward is to remember. Remember that you have the chance, with everything you do, to change your life. You could talk to the interesting person standing in line. You could dare to show someone your drawings, to approach that publisher about your novel. You could dare to believe that God made you to do more than sit in others shadows. Remember that everyone you meet will know something you don’t. Remember not just to change, but to grow. Remember there is so much you can do if you just get it done. Remember to try, even if you fail. Don’t settle for less. Remember to be kind and wise, and if you don’t know how to be wise, pretend you do. Remember to smile, and if you can’t, then fake it. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t be less amazing than you are. Remember that what you do will touch the lives of those around you, and whether you fuel their fire or blow it out is up to you. Remember to love everyone, even the people you hate, because love is a funny thing and even the shadow of love can play tricks and you might even wind up believing it. Above all, remember that newness doesn’t just start on January first, it starts when you open your eyes in the morning, when all you can feel are the blankets around you and all you can see is the shadow in the corner of your ceiling, and with everything new comes an opportunity. Be afraid, but be better than your fear. Make mistakes, but be better for having made them. Give your past self something to look forward to, and give your future self something to be proud of. Have a brilliant, mad, wonderful year.

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