The new year to a lot of people can symbolize a lot of different things. A fresh start. A new beginning. The first step on a new journey. The blank page to a 365-page book. But above all what the new year symbolizes, is the start of resolutions. Now if we’re being honest, resolutions have gotten kind of a bad rap lately. Probably because many of us don’t understand why people choose to do them or why they feel the need to tell people about it. But why wouldn’t they want to say them out loud? Why wouldn’t they take pride in the fact that they’re choosing to better their lives? Because that’s what resolutions really are: decisions. Choices that we make.
It’s us deciding to pursue what brings us joy. It’s us deciding to let go of the things holding us back. It’s deciding to make a change that ultimately makes our lives better. Where’s the harm in that? It’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s admirable. To point blank state the changes we’re going to make in the upcoming year. To hold ourselves accountable. It’s hard to shake things up. Especially when we’re comfortable. Especially when we’ve grown complacent. So what’s wrong with vowing to make a change? To decide to do one thing that scares us every month. To choose to make time for what’s truly important. To improve our health. We sit and we judge the people who make a promise to do things differently instead of applauding them for putting themselves out there. For having the courage to try something different. Simply put: we judge them for doing what we should be doing every single day.
Life is short. Experiences are everywhere. But the number of us out there actively pursuing them are rare. The reality is, resolutions can and should happen daily. Every morning we should wake up and decide to do what we can to make our lives great. Every day we should wake up and decide that today is the day we’re going to pursue our dreams. It doesn’t have to be a new year for you to have a new beginning. New beginnings happen every single day. The new year is just the kick in the ass so many of us often need to actually go and do it.
So this year, choose to make a change. Choose to go after what brings you happiness. To seek out new experiences. To stop living in the past. To spend more time doing things you love. To let go of the things that bring you down. To make each moment count. Whatever you choose to do, do it proudly. Because it really doesn’t matter if you decided January 1st, or a random Tuesday this September. All that matters is that you do it. Choosing to create the life you want has no deadline. Now is always the time. The life you want is out there. It’s just waiting on you to start.