2012: Better Make It Count

January 3, 2012
Category: Wellness

The world's going to end this year. That's how I've chosen to live my life in 2012. So what if the Mayan calendar is a bunch of hooey? Wouldn't all our lives be richer if we really did live this year like it's our last on this earth? Think of all the things we could accomplish if we had a deadly fire lit under our asses? The positivity surrounding this year already seems to be overwhelming if Facebook and Twitter posts are any indication. So no more putting things off, no more taking my time to think about the outcome, it's time to do all the thing I always said I would and not fear what lies ahead. I want to be clear though, I'm not saying be reckless. There's a big difference between fearlessness and recklessness, but I just think it would benefit us all to take the time that we have and make things count.

Here's to the best year of our lives!

What are your goals for this year? If you write them in the comments below, they might be harder to ignore. I may even check in on you and see how things are going.

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About this author: Rob lives in Manhattan with his black pug Riley. When he’s not thinking about daddies, he enjoys writing, eating burritos, watching copious amounts of television, and thinking about his next meal.
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Not that I'm bragging about being ahead of the curve, but I've tried to live my life as if today were my last day since 1986, when I lost three loved ones in close succession: my grandmother, my dad, and my older sister. They all died suddenly, and of course I regretted not telling them I loved them nearly enough. I came to realize that you need to love unconditionally and SHOW it, TELL it, and LIVE it, every day. Over time, I've tried to treat the world the same way I treat my family; with love, respect and compassion. The fringe benefit is that what you give, you get back tenfold.

This year im going to use your advise tenfold XXX

Thanks, Johnblake, I needed that.

Live your life to the fullest and treat others like you want to be treated yourself - i.e., with love. And forget that end of the world crap.

My personal philosophyt about living life to the fullest can be summed up in the following mantra:

Sing like nobody's listening;
Dance like nobody's watching;
Smile like you have a secret;
Love like you can't be hurt;
Fuck like you're being filmed; and
Suck like you haven't eaten in a week!

Well said Rob! I posted the following quote by Mark Twain in my cubicle at work today. It's not really a new year's resolution, but something to think about.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
--- Mark Twain

I have high hopes for 2012. Maybe it's because I spent too many years of my life waiting for the timing to be right before I'd act. Or maybe I'm older now, and I don't care so much what people think. I guess what seems to be resonating with me more clearly is that today, January 3, 2012, I have no regrets.

Sure, I've made mistakes--some of them costly and not without great discomfort. But of all the mistakes I made, I feel like now I've learned something from all of them--every misstep has helped me correct my course, and, while I intend to never stop learning, I feel like I've learned, but not mastered, some of life's great lessons: be fair, tell the truth, say what you mean, don't hide the ball, good manners cost nothing, sexy is a state of being--not what you look like--and be kind to everyone. We never know who in our lives will influence us.

Maybe 2012 will mark my first year in true adulthood. At 33, it's probably time.

For 2012 I would like to continue to be a better person .....karma is real!

Since getting laid off in Jan. 2011, I have been partying like a rockstar. I am still unemployed, however I have been seriously searching. I put off many things in this year of unemployment, simply because I have never ever been this free in my life. Actually 2011 was one of the best years of my life.
I have made up my mind for 2012 that I am going to catch up on ALL of the things I put off. Also, began the task of making myself a better person. In the midst of my makeover, I hope to find a significant other that I can grow with and make each other happy. Game on....

I know someone like you, my ex-boyfriend. At 48, unemployed, in a bad relationship, in debt, in the bars every weekend, always the "woe is me" story when our paths crossed. Sounds like you made a New Year's resolution, and we all know how long those last. Perhaps 2011 was the best year of your life. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you realize all of the lost opportunities. Who knows, maybe you will turn your life around, but are you strong enough to cut back or give up the partying all together? At least you admitted you wasted a year hiding from the world. BTW, until you establish yourself again emotionally AND financially...no one wants to be a babysitter.

At 2:30 a.m. the 31st of December, having got up to get a drink of water, I tripped, hit hard on the edge of a desk, broke my nose, messed up some ribs, got a big laceration on the bridge of my nose, spent four hours in the E.R. and what kept coming to mind was that I did not knock my teeth out, I did not damage either eye, my insurance was paid up and I had already taken care of the co-pay as it was still 2011. Somehow through all the blood and pain I constantly remained optimistic. After only four days the raccoon eyes have faded, the swelling has all but gone and life is looking good. I do not know how this new attitude came about, but I am embracing the heck out of it and looking forward to one of my best years yet. Oh, and today is my 59th birthday. 59 years young. 2012 is going to be a good year.

Rock on with your bad self, Pa. I does seem that every once in a while the universe reaches up and slaps some sense into us. Good luck in the new year.

Man proposes, God disposes. Especially after 88.

Well I figured out what you and other's are saying about 5 yrs ago .
Myself getting into my mid life watching older family members, Grand Parents and Parents die.
My grandmother said to me a few hours before she died life only last a hour so enjoy it . That was in my late 30's and I never ''really'' grasped fully what she ment but she was saying life is ''very'' short . One min it seemed like I was 5 yrs old then the next I was 50
I since live by the motto ''today'' is all there I have
No real garentee of tomorrow for anyone .
So take time to enjoy it today and never piss all over this day since you'll never get this particular day in time back in your life again . I'm one man who can say I have no regrets and if I die in my sleep tonight it's been one hell......of a great trip.