And while I'm at it, I'll meditate on my mild social phobia. I am somewhat shy with people I don't know well, but I know that life is richer and more exciting when I do manage to loosen up and give a little more of myself. As usual, my first lady sets a good example in this regard. Sure, some people won't enjoy my company, but by and large, they'll be the people whose company I don't enjoy. So what am I worried about, right?
In short, I'm going to make this a year of action. I'm going to write and read and be healthy and have fun and put myself out there as much as I can. No other individual in the world can do exactly what I do. Each one of us is unique, with a particular combination of skills, interests, personality, and background. So I invite you to make a similar commitment to living large, to living out loud, to making your life a little better. And I have every confidence that the benefits of doing so will spill over into the wider world around you.