I know, I know. We’re halfway into January and I’m here asking if you’re ready for the New Year. But hey, it’s a question that you have to ask yourself again and again if you want to make this year count.
More often than not, people can get into a type of Rambo mode wherein they just go full-force towards the New Year without caution or preparation.
But I get it.
Don’t you feel empowered when the New Year comes along? Don’t you feel that sense of hope? Don’t you want to make this year mean something for a change? Are you one of those people who says those ill-fated words “Bring it on 2015”?
Of course feeling that sense of empowerment is normal. It’s human nature to look forward to new beginnings and fresh starts.
For some of us, a New Year can be like a big eraser, eliminating our past in one swoop, and a new page can be written in our lives.
For others it can be like a big bright green “Go” signal. The New Year symbolizes a start to finally begin your goals or dreams.
I get it. I like New Years too.
But can you ever be ready? Or should you even be ready?
By March this year, I’m sure most of us have already forgotten about our New Year’s resolutions, our goals, and our promises. I’m not being pessimistic; just realistic. Even if we do keep them in mind, circumstances might have changed this or that about our goals.
Are we just keeping the façade of a fresh start brought by the New Year? Are we just fooling ourselves? Are we trying to be hopeful despite the inevitable challenges that will come our way?
In a way, maybe getting ready for the New Year is a constant state of mind. Maybe we should always be ready.
Then again, maybe we’re putting too much pressure on ourselves. Maybe a New Year… is just that: a New Year. People change in a course of a very long time and they certainly don’t change from December 31 to January 1. It doesn’t happen overnight. I’m sure the aspirations you have this year will eventually happen one way or another. It may take a month, six months, or even twelve months.
The point is that whether we are ready or not for the New Year, life will come at us. Life will hurt us. It will beat us down repeatedly and without mercy. Life will uplift us. It will inspire us on our darkest days. Life will give us joy. The people who matter to you the most will stay because they love you. Life will let us experience whatever it is we have to experience in one single year.
Just let life be life and you be you.