Every year, once the clock strikes 12, my feed turns into a mesh of ‘new year, new me’ post. Everyone devising plans and resolutions that they hope to stick to, yet most end up forgotten before the month is done. See resolutions are a funny thing. They’re not binding and can easily be brushed aside for another day and most tend to use this as an excuse. I won’t lie, I’ve done it before.
Last year, I decided that 2014 was going to be the Year of Being. A year dedicated to being present, aware, and open to every opportunity and adventure that came my way. That switch in perspective from planning to be to actually being changed my life completely. I ended up saying yes to opportunities that terrified me but gave me some of the biggest rewards and took me across an ocean and gave me the chance to explore the world. Chances that I would have second guessed, overanalyzed, and probably turned away before; claiming that the time wasn’t right, that I didn’t have enough money, enough talent, enough anything. Putting yourself out there and facing possible rejection is scary but in life everyone is scared. Some are just better at hiding it than others.
The time will never be perfectly right. We will always believe we aren’t good enough, that we have something more to work on and someone else is better suited for the job and we might be right but we might be wrong too. Taking that chance and trying is the only way to get our answer. Sure, we might not like the answer, we might hate it, but we won’t know it until we do something.
People tend to simply exist, living in a world of ‘what’s ifs?‘ and sticking to what they know in order to avoid getting hurt. The thing is when we play it safe, we say goodbye to the chance of creating magic, of exploring, of discovering, of simply being. We say goodbye to the dreams we have and the hope that one day they might come true.
Every year, when the clock strikes 12, the world goes along with the idea that it’s the right time for change. Truth is– the right time is a frame of mind and if you decide that can be anytime. So stop overanalyzing and making half hearted attempts to become who you want. Decide that everyday is the best day and it will be. Decide that you deserve more and work to attain it. Decide to do something. It’s the year of doing. Stop making plans, over thinking and making a list of excuses why tomorrow sounds better and believe the one reason why today is just right– it’s a new beginning. Today is day one, use it!
Resolutions tend to be forgotten, so make yourself a promise that 2015 will be the year that you do what you’ve always wanted. That doesn’t mean it will be easy but remember that’s how diamonds are made–under pressure. To a year of doing, growing, and being, here we go 2015!