My Wish for You: New Years Resolutions for 2013

To be honest, by the time January 1 hits I’ve usually forgotten to brainstorm this annual gift to myself.

For me, 2012 was a year of good fortune. I am grateful for the friendships I’ve built, the family I've kept close, and for my ever nearing goal of becoming a published author. With each passing day, I feel my characters deepening and their stories strengthening. On good days, I discover words flowing from my fingertips to reveal life truths that I’ve never considered before.

Yes, there are bad days. I doubt. I brood. I panic. I dread. But when the rains clear, I am thankful for the world that enfolds around me. It's one I could only dream of as a small kid playing make believe.

While growing up with ADHD, I wasn’t much different than I am today. I reveled in solitary hours immersed in my imagination. I looked forward to afternoons on the playground with friends. I hungered for activities and exercise. I listened and observed, when all others saw was a dreamy kid circling the classroom. I shared feelings with my mother that I had never told another soul. But I also bit my nails over past mistakes and shortcomings.

For better or for worst, I was born with a desire to do better. Edit sentences that don’t pack a punch. Right errors I’ve made in the past. Explore parts of human life that I’ve never had the courage to before. I strive to always improve, in terms of my craft, my relationships, and my life.

All dressed up, and ready to celebrate!
I think the ambition to do, to create, to develop, and to reinvent is inherent in all of us, and especially those of us with ADHD. After all, we are do-ers. That is our gift. It’s a rare day that you find an us sitting on the couch, twiddling our thumbs. Instead, we are performingcooking, running, learning, observing, theorizing, building houses, winning Olympic medals, and/or, if we're lucky and can afford it, exploring the world (as I hope to continue to do).*

But in between these activities, we must also allow ourselves to slow down. We must accept that what we've done or at least striven for is enough.

That is what I wish for this New Years, to allow myself more breaths in between. An extra hour of sleep. Or a walk around the block in the afternoon. It seems like a simple concept to unplug, but for those of us with a temperament like mine, you know it's more complicated than that.

What do you wish for in the new year? What would benefit your life, and give you peace of mind? Comment below or email me at WriteToJulianna.

*If you haven’t already, click through these links to see what great explorers and minds ADHD has produced!

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