Neil Gaiman’s New Year’s Wish

I stumbled upon this post by the fantastic author, Neil Gaiman, at a time when I needed to hear it most. I was about to graduate from college and his words inspired me to take a chance on leaving behind my comfy life in Chicago for a new one in California. “Make glorious, amazing mistakes.” continues to be one of my personal mantras.

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My New Years Wish” by Neil Gaiman, c. 2011.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
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In Soul, Danielle
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