As yet another year draws to a close, we look forward to what 2019 has in store for us as many look back on 2018 and think of what a crap year it was. As for me, it wasn’t bad. It had its ups and downs but I didn’t find it to be particularly awful or tremendous. It was good and bad.
No, I didn’t win the lottery, no my book didn’t make the New York Times Bestseller List, and no I didn’t get a brand new sports car.
I did, however, earn more money than I ever had before (having a full time career for the first full year will do that), I completed 75% of my second novel from inception, and I got to see family members and friends achieve dreams and landmark life events. I’m also a bit closer to paying off my student loans (but I still have a bit to go on those).
I went to Arizona for Spring Training and got to watch my favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, play both in AZ and at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. I visited Boston for the first time and got to watch my second favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, play at Fenway Park. I ate fresh lobster from the Boston Harbor, visited some of the smartest universities in the world, and got Red Dead Redemption 2 and Battlefield V. 2018 has been a pretty productive and exciting year.
The key to having a good year is to make it a good year. Shit doesn’t just happen, you gotta make it happen. You can’t hope for a job promotion, you work for and earn one. You set goals for yourself and do something, anything, every day until you achieve one and then you cross it off and move on to the next one. Gary Vaynerchuk is great to listen to for motivation because he doesn’t believe in excuses, he believes in going balls to the walls and attacking your goals and being ferocious about them. Don’t worry about what other people are doing, worry about what you’re doing. Set goals and attack them and make 2019 and every year after, your year.
I hope you all had a great 2018 and wish you a great 2019. If you didn’t have a great 2018, be sure to focus on the positives as too many people focus on the negatives and aren’t appreciative. You aren’t guaranteed anything in life, and as we’ve sadly learned throughout life, you aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, so be sure to take advantage of today.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a Happy New Year!