Starting a new year is always the greatest feeling. It’s like all the glooms and regrets of the past year just go away, magically — Poof! Even better for me is heading into 2013 looking back on a 2012 that was a really great year.
No one from the outside would think so, looking at what our little family went through, but for me, it was awesome. We love each other more, know more about who we are as people, and I feel energized to make things happen that I have let slide for too long.
In 2008 I started writing a book about being happy. In particular, I wrote about the decade of work it took to become happy after spending 30 years as a pretty miserable person — inside. Not unhappy in a way anyone else would know, but never able to be happy with who I was, where I was, who I was with, or whatever joy befell me. Once I decided to change that, life got amazing, and I wanted to share what I’d learned.
Primarily, I’d learned that learning to be happy is hard work. It requires rewiring yourself, examining parts of the machinery that were installed so long ago you thought they were permanent fixtures. It’s like learning a foreign language. Thus, the title of my book — “Happiness as a Second Language.”
I finished the book in the summer of 2010, and went about wasting the next two years on worthless agents and do-nothing publishers and then spent the last few months lamenting the lost time, and now, with the dawn of a new year, I’ve decided to make this happen. For real.
So I’m on a journey, to learn everything I can about self-publishing, to take the necessary steps to make this endeavor successful, and to write something every day in this blog about being happy. Because that’s what it’s always been about — being happy and sharing happiness with everyone.
What better way is there to start a year?