I personally find the human body pretty amazing.
Did you know that we replace the majority of our cells every seven years? Even more amazing: we change the upper layers of our skin every two weeks. If all the cells in our body did this, we’d be immortal. But some of our cells, like the ones in our brains, don’t renew. They age, and age us.
Even more simplistically, we exhale. We inhale what's good for us, and then exhale what we don't need anymore.
What an appropriate metaphor for a cliche post about the end of the year.
Next Sunday's post will be straight from the year of 2016. Another year gone by, and new one beginning. It's crazy to think that 2015 is over. For me, it was a big year, huge actually. I remember sitting in my 2nd grade classroom hearing that we would be the class of 2015, a time I couldn't even fathom would ever get here, but it did.I graduated high school, and then moved to Omaha to start my first semester of college. Although, in between these moments so many other things happened: I ran my last season of cross country, won a grand championship in show choir, had a role in the musical, went out of the country for the first time, had my senior prom, played my final season of soccer, and,of course, had my last summer at home. It was a big year, so big, that sometimes when I look back I can't believe I did it all.
I got a book this Christmas, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. (I strongly recommend it to anyone with a complex for tragic love stories with a happy ending.) One of my favorite quotes from the book was:
“You can't predict the future. It turns out that you can't predict the past either. Time moves in both directions - forward and backward - and what happens here and now changes them both.”
You might have already experienced the past, but you have no idea what that will do to your present, and no idea what that will lead to in the future. Kinda crazy huh? Regardless, time doesn't stop, and it won't stop for anyone. So it's what we do with our time that matters.
My 2015 was pretty mapped out for me in my head, (or so I like to think.) I was going to graduate, and I was going to move away. There was a little timeline in my head checking off each milestone as it came and went. A perfect little checklist to my life. However, my 2016 looks to be completely unauthorized. Which is a little more than terrifying. There is no checklist this time, no way of knowing what comes next. A terribly white canvas, so white that I'm not even sure what colors I'm going to use.
I suppose the best plan of action is to inhale what comes next. Fresh air in the lungs never hurt anyone. It's good for a clear mind and heart. It's the exhale that gets rid of the old, and there's nothing wrong with that. The old has served its purpose, and done its job, so it's okay to let go of the clutter.
So I suggest we all take a big breath in.
To express, explain, and exclaim the lessons life continually throws at me, and my take on how to deal.