Technically, the year isn’t quite half way over yet, however, realizing that today is Day 1 of Month 6 of the year 2015, put me in a bit of a tizzy this morning.
Instead of a mid-life crisis, I’m having a bit of a mid-year crisis today.
I know that you can choose to make a positive change at any time of the year (thus the reason many people reject New Year’s Resolutions), but I, for one, really enjoy the cycle of a new year, the fresh slate feeling, and all that the next 365 days represent.
This year when 2015 rolled in, I wrote about DREAMING in the New Year. I spent quite a bit of time journaling, writing, and dreaming of what the next 365 days and beyond would bring.
My dreams ranged from relatively insignificant/quite practical to life-changing/wishful thinking– and everywhere in between.
And today, on June 1, 2015, I realize just how much I’ve let time slip away from me.
In response to this mid-year crisis I found several thoughts rolling around in my head. One was a sense of urgency– maybe I just need to do something drastic to get me going on my dreams– drive to the airport, buy a first-class ticket, fly to Bora-Bora– figure out my next step on the beach. On the flip side was discouragement- maybe I should just give up the idea of dreams for this year, shred the pages of my journal– or better yet, hide the journal, never look at those pages again, forget I ever had a dream to begin with.
It’s been a busy 14 hours in my little brain, I tell ya! I finally landed somewhere in between the two.
As panicked as I felt this morning, I also feel determined not to wallow in discouragement for too long.
Because here’s the thing. This is real life. (Shocking Right?) Not a movie. (Even more shocking!) And it’s going to take longer that 120 minutes to figure out some things. And as inspiring and motivating as some “seize the day” type quotes, books, and messages from life coaches may be– the truth is, not everything gets figured out in the first 5 months of a year. This is especially true for those of us with large-scale vision. Things may happen quickly once you build up momentum- but it can take a while to get there. (And it can take even longer if you are neglecting the small stuff because, let’s face it, the small stuff way less intriguing than the “big wins”)
Speaking of neglecting the small stuff- lets get back to what I am going to do about these Dreams of mine for the final half of 2015. So in the process of writing this blog post, I decided to revisit the dreams I wrote for 2015. (Ignoring them as if they never happened seemed counter-productive).
I was surprised by several things–
1) How many things I wrote down really are completely out of my control. (I really don’t think this is a problem. I think it’s great to put out there what you would like to see happen– but let yourself off the hook if it doesn’t, especially if it wasn’t in your power to begin with.)
2) How many things actually have happened that I forgot about! I was able to check-off a few dreams that I had forgotten I ever dreamed about! (Winning!)
3) How many of the dreams that are in my control I can still accomplish. It’s time to reorganize some of these dreams into manageable goals. As the old saying goes…
(I can’t find the original source for this one, let me know if you find it!)
So Tell Me:
1) Can anyone else relate to the idea of a mid-year crisis?
2) Does 2015 look similar to how you imagined it? In what ways is it the same or different?
3) What are your plans for the rest of the year? What would you like to accomplish prior to 2016?