“It is never too late to be who you might have been.” –George Elliot

As the holidays have begun and the new year approaches fast there are many of us that tend to wonder about what could have been, what happened and what we want to see be different in the days ahead. It’s almost ingrained in our DNA that we strive for new things but there is a stigma I see about “resolutions” at New Years and how they are never reached why they shouldn’t be bothered with. I like how George sees things though. He’s not one to focus on “can’t teach an old dog new tricks” but rather he pushes us to reach beyond what others say and even beyond what we might think. He pushes us to believe, to hope and to create for ourselves what we always wanted to be. Maybe we can look past going to the gym, losing weight, eating better or saving more money in the coming year. What if we resolved to be kinder, more compassionate or even just to smile consistently? Maybe we accept that recent years have wounded or jaded us but we take a stand a refuse to be anything but what we want. I know I want to be more peaceful, more connected and I want to laugh more every day.

Sarah Deats

Sarah Deats is the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer. Her goals are to make a connection with everyone that she can while building community, spreading hope, and sparking change. She believes that while life may not be easy, it is never lived alone.