New Years’ Wishes from Neil Gaiman

Hello, dear readers! I hope 2014 is treating you well so far. 🙂 For us, it has snowed from the day before New Year’s Eve through today. The plows have finally caught up, and as much as I dislike the cold, I have to admit the landscape is beautiful. The trees are covered in snow, and they look like white lace against a periwinkle sky.

Have you figured out your New Year’s resolutions yet, dear readers? I’m still working on articulating mine–365 days hold a lot of possibilities. 😉 Today, I found something to help me–and maybe it will help you, too. On New Year’s Eve, Neil Gaiman posted on his Tumblr a compilation of his past “New Year’s Wishes.” You already know I love him (check out the Neil Gaiman tag for proof), and if you’re not also a fan, I bet you will be after reading his wishes for everyone. His words are profound, and they filled me with hope and purpose. I hope they will do the same for you. ❤

New Year’s Wishes Sequence
By: Neil Gaiman

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
...I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
In 2011, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it’s this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

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And last year, I wrote:

It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. 
So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them. 
And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation. 
So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.
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