When January 1st creeps around, I always find myself wondering what the new year will bring. A lot can happen in 365 days, whether in your control or not. It’s exciting and worrisome all at once.
I’ve never been one to make New Years’ resolutions (I don’t like making promises I can’t keep), but I do believe in looking to the future and making the changes you need to make. A new year is symbolic of a fresh start and a reminder to reflect on the year you’ve had. For example, looking back at the good times reminds me to be grateful. Remembering my mistakes makes me want to be better. Every realization and epiphany reminds me of the changes I need to make in my life to progress. New Years’ has always been much more than just a countdown to me. I use the dramatic symbolism of the clock striking twelve as a window to my fresh perspective. Do I always need something this obvious as an opportunity to think differently about my life? Of course not…but it certainly helps.
In the same way that I don’t like to treat New Years’ as a glorified countdown, I don’t like to treat it as a competition either. It’s not about making “this year the best yet.” I think that puts a little too much pressure on an individual. It’s perfectly fine to strive for a better year in the same way that it’s perfectly fine to take life as it comes. I’m halfway caught between the two myself. I know the changes I want to make this upcoming year, but I also know I don’t have a crystal ball showing me what’s to come. And while I try to keep my expectations as realistic as possible, I’ll admit it’s fun to dream a little bit, too. It adds to the excitement and provides extra motivation. It’s all part of the ebb and flow.
2017 has truly flown by, but I welcome 2018 and all of it’s possibilities with open arms. I have my to-do list at the ready, and I can’t wait to see what I’m able to accomplish. Hopefully 2018 will be a great year for us all.
Cheers and Happy New Year!