It’s become increasingly hip to declare 201X “the worst year ever.” And I’ll admit, there’s always a perspective from which a year can be legitimately measured as “bad.” But that doesn’t mean it has to be bad for you, from a personal perspective. In fact, if 2017 wasn’t your best year ever, there’s a strong possibility it was your fault.

The good news? You can change that.

In 2018: Read books. Exercise. Stop eating sugar. Eat more vegetables. Put your head down and work hard. Ask the person out. Love freely, fully, and openly. And remember that no politician, religious leader, or public figure gets to decide what kind of year you have.

I’ll see you in 2018. Out.