As I wake up to the sound of Text Message alerts on my cell phone in the dark early morning that is 7AM (is this darkness thing a GA thing or what?), it dawns on me that the world has entered into a new year and a brand new decade.
You remember when you were a kid and you saw the Back to the Future trilogy? You saw how the McFly family had advanced in some ways in the future but how Marty’s familiar tendencies (his dislike of being called a “chicken,” his eagerness to prove he wasn’t a “chicken,” his covert interest in making a quick buck by any means) doomed not only him but his family as an adult in the 21st (or 22nd) century.
There is so much to be learned from that movie franchise. After enjoying the novelty of authentic 80’s wardrobe and cars (when I become rich, I am getting a restored DeLorean, lol), an astute viewer can learn the importance of addressing family issues from the beginning. If Marty’s dad never had the guts to talk to Laurayn, he never would have taken her out to the “Under the Sea” dance. If he didn’t take her to the dance, he never would have gotten to kiss her and seal her fate as the love of his life (and his wife). Without that kiss, his children would never had been born. It’s powerful stuff, don’t you think?
By Marty giving his teenage father the confidence to talk and take his future mother out, he created a new legacy for his family. His father was no longer the nerdy and weird Peeping Tom who checked out girls changing out of his window. As an adult, Marty’s dad became self-confident, flirtatious with his love, and followed his passions which in turn recreated the McFly household into a family of industrious and successful people.
I say this to say that the future is never promised. You can’t live your life afraid of what will happen in the future. You have to live the present and be conscious of your actions in the present so that they will insure your future. If you live your best life now, the future will be bright no matter what.
My 2010 Resolutions are to do just that – live for today but conscious of the present. I also want to be more responsible with my money, build my Beyoncé body with Sasha Fierce-ness, travel more, follow my passions at work and play (which includes writing on this wonderful blog even if it is just for myself), plan an amazing Sex and the City-themed birthday party for me in May, go out to lunch/dinner more, spend more time with family, and laugh more (even though I laugh a lot already).
What are your Resolutions?