The start of a new year usually brings with it all those (often empty) promises to ourselves and others to get our lives back in order, get healthier in some way or other, and make sure the new year is way better than the year we’re leaving behind, often with a bit of relief.
I for one am all too guilty of saying, “I can’t wait until this year is over,” as if the start of a new year will clean the slates and set everything back, if not fixing things then at least providing a fresh attempt to sort them out. It’s just commonly accepted that New Year means “Fresh Start” and even now I have a list of things to start this year off, a checklist of things that I in all truth could have done in December but didn’t. More than anything the New Year is an excuse to procrastinate as much as a reason to start something.
And thus come the famous New Year’s Resolutions. But anyone who knows me knows I’ve avoided these timely goals, or if I’ve made them (as I’ve tried in the last couple of years), they’re not exactly typical or even measurable. And this year I’m not bothering. Everything I aspire to do to be a better person are rules with can’t be checked off, lifestyle aspects that I have to continue to adhere to daily and remind myself of often. I’m not saying people shouldn’t make resolutions, especially if they help, but they just aren’t for me.
Instead I’m looking forward to a year of other possibilities. There are lots of positive things happening to my friends, which promise to make 2016 so exciting. And there is a least one trip with a friend happening, family visits, and lots of potential for new experiences! So maybe it’s the potential of the new year that gets us excited, all those possibilities not just for self-improvement but for adventure, for life to happen, for who knows what! And I for one am excited to have so much of it lingering in the unknown.
I think 2016 is going to be a big, exciting year.