I have started this blog entry many times over the past few minutes, waxing poetic and sounding all fancy and knowledgeable. I decided to backspace over all that and start again, this time in a more casual voice. Not that I am not poetic, fancy, or knowledgeable. I like to think I could run in those circles if I chose to. Today is not a fancy day and instead I grace you with my random thoughts on 2012. You know you have thought about the 2012 jibber jabber and prophecies that run rampant out there. I have. To me, the crazy energies of 2012 started about mid-2011 and will continue until the year finishes out. It has been and will continue to be a roller coaster, with ups, downs, loop-de-loops and hairpin turns. Hint about roller coasters, which I promise has a point: Keep your eyes open when you go upside down. I used to be scared out of my mind by those until one time I decided to try it with my eyes open. Om My God! (The Om was a typo, by the way, but I like it. Perhaps it was God's way of inserting humor...) What a difference! Keeping your eyes open the entire time is the way to go! So to the point. This year, don't close you eyes when you get tossed upside down by the crazy energies. Keep them open because you will see where you are going AND where you have been. What an opportunity for learning and growth! This year is all about YOU. Not about your significant other, your best friend, your children, your cat. It is time for YOU to re-discover who YOU are and why YOU are here. Selfish, you say? Not a bit. Like the flight attendants always tell us, "Put your oxygen mask on first, then help those around you." Think of it this way. If you are taking care of yourself, learning more about what makes you happy and finding your joy, won't everyone who matters to you in your life be happier? Your happiness will make them happy, but more than that, it is INSPIRING to them as well. We are meant to live in joy. We are meant to share joy. Find your joy this year, despite the ups and downs that will come your way. Be the inspiration for others and never close your eyes to the miracles that are awaiting you around the hairpin turn.