I'm not going to lie, I like the idea of a fresh start just as much as the next person. There is something about the start of a new month, or a New Year that just seems to bring about a kind of hopeful energy that because the year is new, somehow that means that all the things I would rather leave behind in the past year magically fall away...but it doesn't quite work like that now does it?
We don't wake up on New Years Day and magically become new people, but if we really think about it, is that something that we truly would want anyway? Our vices, stresses, busy lives, and challenges all come with us into the New Year, but so do all the wonderful things that make us who we are! I talked about this a little bit on New Years Eve on my instagram but I really believe that we grow and become better versions of ourselves because of, and through the tough times. We also learn during these times what really is important to us, and we are forced to look internally to discover what it is we really want in our lives,.
I know right now you are probably being inundated with social media posts or friends/family members who are vowing that the New Year is YOUR time to lose those 20 lbs, get healthy, and become this super human that you were always meant to be. Somehow over the course of 24 hours your past self became a person associated with failed resolutions, and the new year is your ticket to health and happiness. But let me ask you this...other than waking up a day older, has anything about you really changed? 24 hours is not nearly enough time for habits you wish to be rid of to be broken, and it certainly isn't enough time to have changed how you mentally think about your life.