So here it is… the last day of 2018. Sitting on the cusp of a new year, we are bombarded by messages about the year to come. “New Year, New You”, “New Goals”, “New Dreams”, “New…”, “New…” But when that last second of 2018 catapults us into 2019, what actually is new? Nothing. In that very moment, nothing has changed but the date. But don’t be discouraged… it’s just time to jump off the New Year party train, breathe deep and embrace the journey.
Now don’t get me wrong… the end of a year brings about much reflection and thought. What transpired, how I responded well, how I could have responded differently and the things I really want to continue to work on. What I try not to do though is believe that when the clock strikes midnight, I’m suddenly going to be everything that I feel I wasn’t in 2018. It’s just not going to happen. The reality remains that whatever baggage I was carrying in 2018 will get dragged along with me into 2019. But the good news is, the baggage that I drag into this year, is much different than what I dragged into 2018, 2017, 2016… you get the picture. I am an imperfect and ever-evolving soul that with each passing day, can continue to work on staying aware of my choices, managing my emotions, counting my blessings and growing just a little bit more. And that will continue to be the case whether it be January 1st or July 12th. And when I fall down, I can pick myself up and start again. It doesn’t have to wait until I buy a new calendar.
The long and short of it is to continue to strive for whatever fulfills your soul… no matter what the date. Making healthier choices, working less, working more, laughing more, giving more, saying “no”, worrying less, decluttering, downsizing, upsizing, simplifying, unplugging, learning something new, committing more, letting go… whatever your heart desires, there is no time like the present.
So Happy New Year! May each day of it offer a new beginning.