Maybe he’ll stop beating me
Maybe she’ll decide to quit drinking
Maybe he’ll give up gambling
Maybe she’ll finally get up and start looking for a job
Maybe he’ll break up with his mistress
Maybe she’ll stop reminding me of that one thing I did
Maybe he’ll stop telling me he’s working late when I already know where he’s going
Maybe she’ll forgive me
Maybe he’ll grow up
Maybe she’ll find her way
Maybe he’ll call
Maybe she’ll realize she made a mistake and come back
Maybe he’ll finally go to a doctor
Maybe she’ll stop bitching at me for everything
Maybe he’ll start paying attention
Maybe she’ll forgive me
Maybe he’ll quit driving so dangerously with the kids in the car
Maybe she’ll be a better mother
Maybe he’ll be a better dad
Maybe she’ll stop embarrassing me in front of my friends
Maybe he’ll stop belittling me in front of my family
Maybe that spot on my arm will go away
Maybe that tingling in my arm will stop
Maybe my brain injury will heal
But, in the meantime, this is Christmas. This is New Years. And this is your life.
What does your life look like for you? At the end of another year? Another one in the books.
We all wait for something. We all put off and think, if only this would happen or that wouldn’t have happened….
The truth is: Things happen and, if it wasn’t Christmas, I’d say shit happens…Ha.
We can’t keep waiting for other people to make our lives happy. We have to move on. Move towards happy, with or without them.
Everyone deserves to feel hopeful about something. A second chance, a better future, a new love, possible redemption or forgiveness….
Whatever it is you wish for this holiday season…this New Year…I hope you’ll go out and get it. Gather up your courage and your determination and your sense of humor and your chocolate and go get that happy life. Make it. Demand it. Seize it. Grab it. Create it.
And then enjoy the heck out of it.
We should never have believed that we’d skip through our lives without divorces and broken hearts, lost loved ones and disappointments and natural disasters and terrible diagnosis and yes, brain injuries….
But, sure as we are here right now, sharing this moment during the most magical time of the year, dare to believe that you can overcome everything. That you can press on and move up and toward every goal you set, every dream you imagine. That you can beat odds you never would have believed.
I’m cheering for all of you. You know that…
Let’s not limp into this New Year. Let’s go racing over that line that separates what hasn’t happened just yet with what’s coming soon. Take a snapshot of how you want your life to look and then crop out all the toxic people and things that make that snapshot impossible.
This is your time. Your year. It’s not too late…not too late for any of us.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Happy New Year filled with good health and true true happiness.