Here’s formally wishing you a very happy new year!
And, to start the year, I’d like us to debunk a few things and declutter our minds from empty cliches.
1. Most often than not, people tell you to make New Year Resolutions.
I don’t make new year resolutions and I won’t ask you to make one. If you choose to make one, that’s fine and if you choose to break it, that’s also fine, most people do anyway.
You see, it doesn’t matter what time of the year you decide to make changes in your life, what matters is that you do. And what matters even more is that you actually keep to it and achieve what you set out to achieve. Don’t put any pressures on yourself and don’t let anyone or any calendar do. It is your call.
2. I am sick and tired of hearing the phrase, “New Year, New Me”.
Like seriously? If you are like me, you like yourself and you are constantly working on growing, learning, unlearning and getting better. So, for me, there won’t be a new me, there will however be a better me.
There is this photo I saw on Facebook, and I’m not exactly sure of the original owner, but I thought I should share it here (if you would excuse the language).
3. There won’t be any “out with the old, and in with the new” for me.
Because, the old is usually a stepping stone for the new. Don’t lose sight of the old, no matter how bad you think it was. While I don’t encourage you to carry painful, or hurtful or unnecessary baggage around, I have learnt that it is needful to always remember where you’re coming from. Remind yourself of the lessons learnt and build a better present for yourself. My grandfather used to say that if one doesn’t know where rain started pouring down, you wont know where or when it stops. You won’t know how wet you got. You won’t know how to dry up or how long it will take you to dry up.
In conclusion, just like every year, there will be great moments and some not so great ones. You just need to remind yourself that you can get through all of them with the right attitude. You can stumble and fall, but you must get up. You will win and you must celebrate. If anyone tells you that this year is going to be perfect, they may be only telling half the story. But if they tell you that it will be totally worth, you must believe them.
Have yourself a very happy new year and a jolly good ride while at it!