I rang in the New Year drenched in black from head to toe. It looked like I was heading to a funeral rather than a celebration and the only lively characteristic of my ensemble was my blowout. I have never really been big on the New Year’s Eve celebration itself – maybe it’s because they play far too many Pitbull songs, the champagne is cheaper by the dozen and women look like walking disco balls. Not to mention the last thing I am about to do is lip lock with a random man standing next to me. What I personally look forward to is January 1st – the day of a clean slate and a fresh start. Although I started off 2016 a little shaky (and extremely fragile), I’d have to say my growth in 365 days was prodigious. I’m proud that I stopped caring what others thought of me and realized that MY opinion is most valuable when it comes to MY life choices. I had my fair share of ups and downs this past year; this lead me to spend the end of 2016 reflecting on the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful (my reflection – totally kidding).
I have heard several people state that making resolutions is pointless because it should not take a whole year for someone to realize they need to change certain aspects of their life. I highly disagree; a year is an ample amount of time to experience a plethora of scenarios and evaluate whether or not you benefited from them and what may need to be altered in your future. It’s not that people enjoy procrastinating change – some just have to fall seven times to stand up on the eighth. My issue comes into play with the people who have unrealistic goals that are highly unlikely to achieve. Actions speak louder than words. I know this, you know this – WE ALL KNOW THIS. Many people say they want to change but never act on it because their goals are higher than Snoop Dogg. Come February, people start looking retired. The gym membership they signed up for already exited stage left along with the young money they threw down the drain. If you never go to the gym and your resolution consists of two-a-days, maybe you should have vowed to be a comedian instead.
Instead of blabbing that this year will be different, make a difference. Don’t try to put too much on your plate – it’s about portion control (and no one likes an over-eater). This year, the goals we set for ourselves should be goals that will simply enhance our worth. The whole “new year, new me” thing is rather ridiculous. I am the same person every year, but strive to be a better version of myself. I change like a Chanel bag over time. The old me was still chic as sin, but as the years go by, I become more interesting and desirable (ha ha ha). Each year should be about growth and challenging ourselves to do better. If we get stuck, it’s important to remain conscious that it’s only temporary and there IS a way out. If flowers can teach themselves how to bloom after winter passes, so can we.
The best feature about the future is that it comes one day at a time. The past should never interfere with the present. The good you endure this year will evolve into memories that you will cherish forever. The bad you endure this year will be obstacles that you will find strength to overcome. The mistakes you make will be lessons that you learn and pass along to others. This year is yours – don’t lose sight of yourself.
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