I’m super cynical about the New Year. I’ve never liked the holiday, I don’t like that I’m expected to kiss a smooch buddy at midnight, and I definitely don’t like that I’m supposed to make a list of changes that I’ll start when I wake up the next morning. If anything, I’m probably most moved by this tweet that showed up on my Twitter feed this morning:

That is, I did approach New Years similarly, until today when I saw a beautiful Facebook post from Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the best selling novel, Eat, Pray, Love. I’ve never read the book. I haven’t seen the movie. But I do know it’s about self discovery, and I am a sucker for self discovery. And Gilbert’s New Year’s tradition also seems to be a method of self discovery. Instead of pushing us to try and set goals that we’re nervous we’re going to fail at achieving, because that’s the New Year’s Resolution Curse, Gilbert looks at the New Year as a feat. “You made it,” she reminds us in her super inspiring Facebook post.

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