My 2016 New Year’s Message

There’s nothing like flying across a time zone on New Year’s Eve. We got 2 countdowns in the air. I was floored that Anderson Cooper replied to me on Twitter! That poor guy goes through more stuff with Kathy Griffin on New Years Eve, than with most of the news stories he covers for the rest of the year. That chick be kray-kray.

The last year was a good one for us, Miss Deantha in particular. Her new CD was released and has received major positive reviews, and stirred up some waves, hopefully leading to even bigger and better in the near future. We wait to hear news on a huge possible performing gig. Here’s hoping.

Annabelle is growing into an extremely talented little girl. Laurel Atherton once said, “A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give.” We are fortunate enough to have a daughter who is going to give this world the gift of her voice, acting, and dancing. She IS the arts, folks. Her first TV performance was incredible at the Empty Stocking Fund Telethon. It is far from her last. Be ready.

My health has been stable for a while now. Still doing the treatments every three weeks, but I’m not going to get away from that. As long as the treatment interval isn’t shortened I’ll be fine.

Now 2015 is gone and we all need to take a breath and get our strength back.
2016 is under way. Look around you. Appreciate what you have. Nothing will be the same in a year. It never is. Maybe 2015 was a really shitty year for you. I’m sorry for that, and I know you tried all you could to make it better, but some things are out of our hands and that bites. Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. No regrets. Just lessons learned.

Your mistakes should be your motivation; not your excuses. On the heels of these defeats or failures, start all over again. Failure is a large part of the growing and learning process. You don’t know where you’re vulnerable until you fail. Once you’ve found that hole in the dam, you can’t be like that “little Dutch boy” and his thumb. You need to put your entire body and mind into plugging it, making damn sure the dam doesn’t burst again in that spot. You’re not saving a village. You’re saving YOU.

2016 will be challenging for some of you. Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows. Live in the moment. Forget the past and don’t concern yourself with the future. Ask yourself what is really important and then have the courage and be committed to building your life around that answer.
Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you. Then it’s totally up to you to MAKE it a success.

Former Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson said, “Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared.” Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving forward. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. Successful people know the difference between patience & procrastination. There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. And those stairs are freshly waxed, and lack handrails.

Don’t compare your progress with that of others though. We all need our own time to travel our own distance. You can never be another person, you can only be a better version of yourself. You can have RESULTS or excuses. You cannot have BOTH.
The difference between who you ARE and who you WANT TO BE is the work you put in. Great things never came from comfort zones. Don’t think outside the box. Pretend it’s The Matrix: “There is no box.” 🙂 But be wary never to be played for a fool…never to be left without a seat when the music stops. Don’t be deceived. It will be a humbling experience that you will not care to repeat.

Most importantly, be happy. Be who you want to be. If others don’t like it, then let them be. Happiness is a choice. Life isn’t about pleasing everybody. Never apologize for what you feel. It’s like saying sorry for being real.
This year, do something that will make the person you’ll be next January 1, proud to have been the person you are today. You are made to make a difference, so embrace every opportunity to do so.

My best to you all in 2016. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

-D.

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About Darin A. Ramsay

Devoted & doting husband, and loving, stay at home Dad for my super 5-year old daughter. I'm passionate about who I love, and what I write. I am an independent sports analyst/writer, as well I opine prophetic on different topics as I see fit. I am forever a proud Patriots, Avalanche, Tigers, Spurs, Miami Hurricanes football, and Arizona Wildcat basketball fan.
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