My Year of 'YES!'

Photo by Adam Matsumoto

Photo by Adam Matsumoto

In 2016, I was feeling emotionally & physically low. I felt that I was missing out on some opportunities in life that I should have taken. I finally allowed myself to have some fun & I questioned myself, why I hadn’t been saying ‘yes’ before.

I rarely make New Year’s resolutions, but I had a strong urge to stop saying ‘no’ and start saying ‘Yes!’ to life. 2017 was my year of ‘YES!’

‘YES!’ with conviction, with a purpose, with no regret – and I have not regretted 2017.

I said ‘YES!’ to a first date even though I was anxious. I said ‘YES!’ to friendships. I said ‘YES!’ to physical challenges & competitions even though I battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I said ‘YES!’ to healing, to crying, to learning, to loving myself & others.  I said ‘YES!’ to moving. I said ‘YES!’ to travel. I said ‘YES!’ to goodbyes. And I said ‘YES!’ to marry my forever.

I know that having an incurable disease, you lose a little bit of yourself, you become depressed, you don’t know which side is up and you stop living. You question if you will ever be the same – but I challenge you to ask yourself: why be the same, when you can evolve to be someone new? Someone who appreciates experiences over possessions or pleasures of the common person.

We are only on this planet for a short amount of time, why not make the most of it and just go for what you desire to do. I’m giving you permission to be selfish for your own mental health.

Your New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be a ‘Year of Yes!’ but dare yourself to take care of YOU! I promise that you will not be disappointed.

Aimee Matsumoto