In 2011, we took a long hard look in the proverbial mirror and we said "Hey self, you're actually pretty fucking great.". This, was Pep Talk Tuesday. And this my friends, at the dawn of this new epoch, is the mother of all Pep Talks. I suggest you write out something similar for yourself (or just print this one off), stick it somewhere you'll see it every day and remind yourself - I am going to get up, walk the walk and do it like a boss in 2012. Read it slowly. Let yourself believe it.
You are strong. You survived it all, and you will survive whats to come. It is ok to get upset and afraid. You can say whatever it is you're thinking. You are self assured and you are strong, and you don't need other people's approval, so just say it. You are so loved and supported. Please don't ever feel alone, because they are here for you! They will back you, and be painfully honest with you, and love you. When you have to take the leap, they'll be right there, jumping with you. You are a badass bitch. Or, you know, guy. And baby, you are free as a bird. You are free to be whoever you want, go wherever you want, say whatever you want, do whatever you want. There will be times when your head is screaming at you to get a grip, and your friends only look at you with a hesitant concern, but if you think you're right, then do it. Yeh, it might go wrong, but what's life without a little danger anyway? Get some frickin courage. Back yourself. Maybe you made good decisions, maybe you didn't. Either way, its too late to change it now. And whilst you must never, ever give up, sometimes its ok to sit back and take a rest. You do not take shit from anyone. Ever. The hard times are only proof of how strong, brave and resilient we are when we need to be. Do it like a boss. You will be loved for your strengths and your weaknesses, for your triumphs and your mistakes. For your annoying habits and your adorable quirks. You will be loved for your body, and for your mind and for your soul. For your sense of humour, your beliefs, your talents. You will be loved for your bad moods, your dreams, your regrets. The world is a beautiful place. Taste the air, notice the clouds, see the secret smiles on the faces of people around you. Kiss your lover with no fear. The world is bloody beautiful, you just need to learn to see it again. Wipe the dirt away from your eyes and look at it fresh. It's alive, it's moving, it's real, it's ever changing, it's vivid - sometimes it's painful, but that can be beautiful too - it's all yours for the taking sugar. It is OK to take risks. Life is too short, and opportunities don't come along all that often. And it's OK to have faults. You occupy a very particular and important place in the universe. You are not insignificant. Your existence is not meaningless, even if you can't see that right now. Breathe it in. Smell it. Live it. Love it. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you feel, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you ever imagined.
We are going to have such a great year, because we're going to make it a great year. Are you game?