Thursday, December 28, 2017

Who's on the Board 2018

Prepare yourself, Interweb. In a few short days, your new feed will explode with endless "New Year, New Me," posts. Those four cringe-worthy words will be followed by either a seflie or empty promises about gym memberships.

Don't get me wrong, I am all about fresh starts and self improvement, but there are so many other ways to achieve that. Here's something I think all of us should consider going into 2018.

One of my managers came up to me while I was working and asked me, "Do you know who's on your on your Board of Directors?"

Crap. I don't know. Is this a trick question?? Do we even have a board of directors?? I answered it in the safest and most honest way I could:

"...I'm not sure what you mean."

It wasn't a test. It wasn't even about work. It was a metaphor- one about my life. Who are my "Board of Directors"? Who are the people who look out for me? Who are the ones I can count on? The ones who will celebrate my successes and help me work through the mistakes?

"I want you to think about that and who those individuals are and take them with you into the new year with you."

Then she walked away. Just like that. I stood there for a moment feeling like she was should sort of wise mirage.

She is right. Sometimes the best way to achieve self-improvement to surround ourselves with those
"Board of Directors." We need to be reminded that. There are people in our lives for a reason, and we get to choose them (besides family). The people who will laugh, cry, and be honest with us whether we want to hear or not. They are the ones to we can count on. They want to see the successes, and provide comfort through the failures. Friendship should never be about jealously, competition, or putting each other down. It's all about support, growth, and simply love.

So heading into 2018, carry those with you who have always carried you. Who is on your "Board of Directors" and who's list do you want to be on? Life is short, weird, and beautiful. You should take no one for granted nor allow yourself to be taken for granted. Now that sounds like some new year improvement to me.

Cheers to a new year. Til next time,

Nat

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