Most of the people I know work very hard and can be very serious. Work, work, work! Actually, even though this society is replete with lawyer jokes, lawyers are some of the hardest working people I know. We don't take good enough care of ourselves, and then when we "retire" it may be too late. Here is what I want to do in 2013 and what I would tell others who want suggestions for the upcoming year:
1. Listen to music you love! Music is transcending. I have a new pair of really good headphones. Music can lift even my darkest (and they Can get really dark) moods.
2. Do something anonymously for someone else. It's uplifting, but only of you expect nothing in return.
3. Exercise - nothing feels better, especially when it is over. My husband and I have been going to spinning classes for over 5 years. That is one way to beat the blahs. Hike in new places. Move!
4. Read! Read articles, books, fiction and non-fiction. Learn new things. Explore. Read junk, if you must, but just take time to read.
5. Indulge in massages, mani/pedis if you can afford it. If you can't, have a friend rub your neck. Let your body feel good.
6. Have sex. (Caveat, I am not promoting promiscuity, but sex is good for the soul.) - My husband will be happy to read this.
7. Sing. I am a terrible singer, but I love to sing and I love to sing loud. Now, you may need to find a private place like the shower if you have fuddy-duddies around you (like I do).
8. Say please and thank you. Tip well. Send thank you cards.
9. Live in the moment. Don't wallow in regret or worry about all the things that could go wrong. Appreciate your time now!! You may be dead tomorrow.
10. Don't take anything personally. It's not about you. When someone says something "about you," it's really about them. Separate yourself from what others say. Learn from it, if you can, and let it go.
I hope all of you have enriching and joy-filled years to come. Happy New Year!