New Year’s Resolution

You are a human being.

Your humanity is messy; full of questions and contradictions. You are multifaceted and multilayered. Your truth exists, even if you’ve yet to encounter it. You are falling apart and coming together and reaching pinnacles — simultaneously and not always in the order you’d like. Your life’s story is a combination of choices, accidents, and luck. Any given moment, you can find a reason to laugh, cry, or cuss someone the fuck out.

This is what it means to be a person.

You are not a hashtag. You are not a follower count. You are not a summation of likes, comments, pins, direct messages, and retweets.

You are not a list. You are not a ritual. You are not who or what you pray to. You are not a number on the scale. You are not your diet. You are not your hairstyle. You are not the books you’ve read. You are not the places you’ve traveled. You are not the shows you watch. You are not the music you dance to. You are not the letters behind your name. You are not the letters before your name.

You are not the things you haven’t accomplished any more than you are the things you’ve done.

You are not an identity.

Your “self” doesn’t live at the top of a mountain.

You are — and always were — bigger than the goddamned mountain.

This is what I want to remember in 2017.

I hope you remember it, too.

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