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My Jesus Year

jesus year

I first heard about the Jesus year from my friend Lucy when I was in LA in February.  She said the 33rd year is very symbolic because Jesus died when he was 33 so when you turn 33, it should trigger feelings of mortality.  It sounds more morbid than it actually is.  I see it more like, if this year was your last year on earth, what would you do?  Jesus was only 33 when he died and look how much he accomplished.  The Jesus year is the year to make shit happen.  Everything that you’ve ever wanted to do or accomplish in life; well, this is the year.  Even my mom knew about the Jesus year.  I’ve spread the word to all my friends who are turning 33 this year and it’s become a campaign #jesusyear.

I turned 33 last Friday March 20th and this idea of the Jesus year really stuck with me all day.  I kept thinking about all the things I want to do and how I will get it all done by the end of this year.  I think the biggest realization for me is that I don’t want fear to hold me back.  Oftentimes, we don’t admit to ourselves that we don’t pursue the things in life that we want because we’re afraid.  I’m definitely guilty of this and I definitely make excuses when truthfully, I’m just afraid.  I promise myself that I’m going to open up my heart and my mind to every possibility and use my fear to fuel my drive to pursue my dreams.

I’m being totally honest here when I say that I’m not afraid of getting older.  If anything, I’ve noticed that the older I get the more I don’t give two fucks.  I listen to my heart, I’m true to myself, and I tune out all the negative people and energy. I think the big thing about the Jesus year is having the right people around you.  People who imbibe positive energy and believe in you.  People who don’t cut you down but raise you up.  Even if you’re not turning 33 this year, you can make this year your Jesus year.  What are the things that you’ve always wanted to do and what’s holding you back?  Recognize your dream, make a plan, and make it happen.  This is my Jesus year and there’s much to be done!

  • Eli

    Happy (belated) birthday, Laura!

  • natashaattal

    what does this mean for the jews? – says my coworker

    • Good question! Jesus was a historical figure so this can still apply.