It’s the beginning of a new year. There’s no way to get past, around, over or under it. It’s a new year and with every new year comes new beginnings. Right?
What are new beginnings? New year, new me? What is that? What is a new me? How is a new me supposed to look? Act? How different is she from the old me? Am I expected to completely change? Do all the bad habits I should probably leave in the previous year remain in the previous year just because I’m moving on into the new year? Is the fact that it’s now 2019 supposed to mean something?
There is no new me. Or at least I don’t see her. I’m the same girl I was on the 31st of December, a little taller, shorter, fatter, skinnier; maybe, but I wont consider myself new. I still watch the same series and listen to the same songs. I still talk to the same people. I still stay up late at night and yet complain to anyone who cares to listen that I’m not getting enough sleep. I still laugh to myself about jokes I heard days ago. I still get excited about the same things. I’m still curious about all the things that intrigued me in the past year. I still get hurt. I still cry. I still make mistakes.
What is the new me? Where is she?
Maybe I’d get to meet her if I cut off some people? Or if I stop watching the same shows? What makes me different in the new year?
Maybe there is no new you. Everyone just gets excited about new things; new cars, new phones, new boyfriends, new years.
The difference is in the why. Why do new things excite people? Why does the prospect of a new beginning seem to usher in so much hope?
A new car makes us think about all the many trips that can be made in it and all the memories that will be made during those journeys. It gives us hope that unlike the old one, it will not stop in the middle of traffic with fifty thousand other cars behind you filled with angry drivers and passengers honking, cursing and yelling.
A new phone makes us want to take new pictures, makes us want to explore. It certainly won’t crash or hang like the old one.
A new boyfriend or girlfriend makes us think of all the new possibilities; All the things we’ll learn about each other, the places we’ll go, the people we’ll meet together, the memories we’ll make, how much stronger a bond we’ll have than in our previous relationships.
And a new year makes us think about where we’re going, how we want to get there and what we’ll do when we get there.
It makes us think of setting new goals and planning out how we’ll achieve them. A new year makes us want to be more spiritual, know God more and talk to him more. It makes us want to focus a little more on our well-being, health and state of mind.
It makes us want to be positive; to talk about things that are going well and breathe life into things we want to see better, to be optimistic; because the world needs so much more of that.
It makes us want to see new good in people. It makes us want to improve everything around us; our home, school, workplace and social circles.
It makes us want to talk about now; not yesterday, not last year, but now. The present. We stop being distracted by the past. It makes us want to laugh more, smile more, have fun more, go out more, live more and be happier.
It makes us want to start. Whatever it is we want to start, it makes us see 365 more days to start and 365 more days to achieve.
Society expects us to know what we want to do, but sometimes, we just don’t. A new year gives us hope that as long as there is life, we have all this time, an entire year, to make things happen for ourselves, to know what we want and to go out and do it.
So, there is a new me. A me that wants to make things happen!
I might still talk to the same people and stay up late when I know I should be sleeping, but I’m also talking and thinking more about my goals and passions and working hard at them, I’m working harder at improving my spiritual life, I’m thinking more of where I want to be and what I want to do.
You see, that’s the magic of the new year; It gives us a clean slate to start on. It gives us all 365 more reasons to hope!
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