I have come to the conclusion that you either hate new year’s or love new year’s. For some, the start of a new year can be scary or overwhelming because it can bring a sense of change. Then there are those who embrace the new year. They see it as a fresh start, the motivation they need to try or do something different.
For the past week, all of my social channels have been filled with people's new resolutions and goals they wish to make for themselves in 2017. Everyone is a different person on January 1st and then a week later most of us are back to our usual selves.
I've stopped believing in new year's resolutions. If I really wanted to make a change or do something different with my life, then why would I wait for the first day in January. A number on my calendar shouldn't be my only motivation, that should come directly from me. Don't get me wrong, I admire the idea of people wanting to do better for themselves but dedicating your entire year? What happens when you make a mistake? A bad choice or the wrong decision? We've failed ourselves and we give up on those resolutions. We'll try again next year am I right?
New years has never been my favorite; I have a love-hate relationship with December 31st. The day brings a lot of reflection of the past, both good and bad. I can be at my best because I remember something wonderful that happened and I can also be at my lowest. I may linger on something I never accomplished, like I hoped I would. A failure, not succeeding at my past year's resolutions or goals.
I chose to not set any goals or future expectations for myself this year. No resolutions to live healthier, lose weight, exercise more, be more understanding, patient, forgiving and all those other things most people want. I'll just take each day as it comes and not plan for anything else. No resolutions to live up to and no expectations to fail on. If I exercise, I'll do it for myself not because I have a goal to meet. If I eat healthier it's because I wanted to, not because I made a promise to myself.
I write this because of my own experiences with setting resolutions, not to knock down those who actually make them. I just want to be realistic with myself and the things I want to accomplish this year. I may feel differently when reading this a year from now but I wanted to blog about what is currently on my mind.
Hey 2017, nice to meet you.
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