A new study reported that life satisfaction peaks at the ages of 23 and 69.
So this past Saturday, I celebrated my 23rd birthday feeling extremely hopeful.
I’m currently on vacation in Boston, which means I got to spend my birthday weekend wandering around…seeing new things.
And honestly, there’s nothing I like doing more.
Walking around the city has been wonderful. The days have been absolutely beautiful- clear blue skies.
And with all this walking around, I’ve had a lot of time to think about things.
To think about everything, really.
But on my birthday, I was particularly reflective.
I thought about this past year and everything that I’ve managed to achieve.
This year has been nothing but good to me, and I’m extremely grateful for that.
For starters, I’ve got an amazing family that supports me, a better man-friend than I ever could have asked for, and I’m almost done with my Master’s degree.
I’ve also discovered within myself a passion for life that continues to grow every day.
So when I think about this new year that lies ahead of me- what should be an AMAZING year according to that study- I think about what I hope to accomplish.
I think about my goals.
And after a lot of reflection, here’s what I’ve determined…
You know how sometimes I fall in love with certain words?
This is one of them:
Lackluster (adj.): lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired.
I came across that word and I loved how it sounded.
But even though it sounded beautiful, I couldn’t help but focus on how sad it’s definition is.
To lack vitality, force, or conviction. To be uninspired.
I hope to never meet that description.
Because to me, there’d be nothing worse than to live an uninspired life.
To have no purpose. To have no passion. To have no drive.
So that’s my goal for this 23rd year of mine- to be the complete opposite of lackluster.
To be the antonym.
So as you get ready to start this week, think about what you can do to make sure your life is as vivid and as bright as possible.
Find a way to be inspired.
Because I have absolutely no desire for anything lackluster.
And I wish this vitality, force, and conviction for you too.