"I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's," wrote visionary poet William Blake. I suggest you write out that quote and keep it in plain sight throughout 2008. The coming months will be prime time for you to design a highly organized, richly disciplined approach to living the life you want to live, and doing it with such rigor and vigor that you will never again have to be controlled by or pay constant homage to someone else's life plan.
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
My new year's resolution: I don't want to lose weight. I don't want to fit into that dress or that pair of jeans. I don't want to look nicer.
I want my body back.
I want my condition back. I want to break my limits. I want to sweat and laugh and flop on my back, trying not to vomit from exhaustion. I want to endure. I don't want to live in a cage anymore, in a dark corner of a prison of flesh. While I exist here I want this body to be a prism, refracting as much of the real me as we can achieve in tandem.
Amen, and amen, and all matter of amen, for all of us.