So Long, 2017 – Onward Towards the Future

When I started writing this post my intent was to summarize 2017 and the things that made their way across these pages. Then, I erased it all. I don’t want to do that today, the last day of the year.

Maybe my feelings will be different an hour from now, tomorrow, in a month. Who knows? Who cares? Right now, in this moment, I want to look ahead.

Where can I go? What can I do? What can I achieve, change, feel in the days to come? I think I’d like to concentrate on that today instead of rehashing the past.

Dare to Dream

When I allow my thoughts to roam unchecked or unfettered by the guilt of being selfish, they take me far from home. If I don’t cave to my inner turmoil, what is the harm in stretching my boundaries and getting a little uncomfortable? That’s where the good stuff happens – in the places where you color outside of your own lines. Sometimes you get scared, you’re unsure, and sometimes it even hurts a little. But, in the end, when everything is done and dusted, life is changed there.

My dream for 2018 is to follow some of the secret wishes that tickle my fancy when my brain isn’t busy helping me to be a responsible adult. No one can help me do that. I wish to find my own strength.

Onward toward possibility, friends. It’s just past hope, a left at whimsy, straight to laughter, and finally, arrive at joy.

Happy New Year.


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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7 Responses

  1. Sandy says:

    Happy New Year Rachael! That is a great way to look at things, look forward not behind. (I hardly remember what I did yesterday anymore, so it works for me LOL) Looking forward to another year of your inspiring and interesting posts 🙂 Best in 2018 my friend

  2. Shybiker says:

    We think alike! I just blogged that, bored by leisure today, I’m planning new trips for 2018. Nothing is more fun than anticipating travel adventure. I hope to see you on the road again next year. Best wishes!

  3. Daring to dream can run smack into being a responsible adult. It’s an ongoing challenge to balance those two things. Since I’ve retired I’ve tried to step away from adulthood with mixed success. But I think you have it right, in part, to look ahead. For me, I just need to make sure I’m not overlooking what’s right in front of me right now.

    Anyways, best wishes to you and your family for the coming year. Be well, be safe and keep dreaming.

  4. RichardM says:

    Happy New Year!

    I started a similar post then erased it all and started to just dig through my photo album…

  5. Guy says:

    Ya, the New Year. What did I do last year? What should I do this year. Better? Worse? Take a deep breath and …

  6. Ted Kettler says:

    Happy New Year Rachel. Ride safe and introduce us to your new findings. I hope you and Bonnie make frequent stops through whimsy, laughter and joy.

  7. Kathy says:

    Happy New Year! I’d planned on doing a look-back, too, then life got in th way. The holidays were awesome, but there will be some challenges in 2018 that may make it necessary for me to stay closer to home. I had hoped 2018 would mean more riding for me — and it still might — but it’s too soon to plan, so I’ll be taking one day at a time for awhile.

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