I've gone skinny dipping only once. The experience, with the rush of adrenaline and my limbs treading the silky water, was liberating. That's how I hope 2017 feels: exciting, new, just the right amount of scary, and - most of all - freeing.
When my hand injury first happened, I was easily frustrated and angry. As an artist, when such small tasks such as turning a doorknob or opening a jar were difficult, I began losing hope that I'd ever be able to create again. When the stress became too much, focusing on small things that still made me smile was helpful. During that time, my list included the following.
I'm twenty-six years old. I don't know what lays in my future. I have a vague sense that I'll one day have children: I would love to adopt. Life has a way of happening, though, interrupting dreams and hungrily eating up time. So, you never know. But if I do have a child, I'd want him to know that the two most important things in this world are kindness and bravery. The following is the list of things I'd want him to know as truth.
Do the following often... Don't worry about your future. Don't worry about your past. Don't worry. Adapt, change, move on. Do more things that scare you. Become comfortable with being anxious. Allow events to change you.