Saturday. The day after the apocalypse that never was.
If the Mayans would have been right, would that make today some form of a reborn New Years celebration? A new calendar to start with?
I guess we can never know for sure, but what if we all treated it that way? Each day, we are given a brand new calendar day of our own when we open our eyes in the morning. A clean slate to wipe away all the disappointments from the day before and a chance to make things better. I’m sure I have heard this type of saying (or one similar to it) thousands of times in my life, but it usually goes in one ear and out the other. I am grateful for everything in my life, but do I really appreciate it all?
Thinking long and hard about that, the answer is no. I don’t appreciate what I have enough.
Every day during the work week, my routine involves 4 train rides, a few blocks of walking, and several small stops in between to get to and from my job. I could probably walk the entire route with my eyes closed at this point. It wasn’t until last week when I had a few days off that I really looked around at the city to see how lucky I was.
Looking around, tourists fill the streets that I brush passed daily, just to get a glimpse of what it’s like for a few hours. The places they are pointing at and taking pictures with are the ones I don’t even think twice about. Taking the time to actually walk the streets of Chicago and appreciate what I saw was pretty incredible. It opened my eyes to see that even though I have lived all 24 years of my life in or near this city, there is still so much I do not know about it.
We still have 9 days of 2012 to make a change in our lives. Do something for someone else. Truly appreciate what you have. What will you resolve to do tomorrow, or better yet, right now? Try thinking about today as a new year, and see what amazing things can happen.
About the author: Kimberly Lucio is a born and raised Chicagoan working in marketing. Find her at @kimberly_lucio, probably talking about the Chicago Bulls.