It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life … for me … and I’m feeling good!
Oh it’s not that easy, people! Or is it?
The new year comes around once a year, just like every other day of the year, yet we somehow treat a day whose only significance is that it signals a new year on a calendar based upon the birth of a 2,000 year old deity, as a time to make those life changes we promised ourself all year we would make. Perhaps the winter solstice is a more appropriate day for new beginnings? Or what about May 28th? Why May 28th you ask, well why not. This idea that we wait for a certain day of the year to make changes and resolutions is a bit silly when in fact, we can make changes any day we like.
Now, I am not attempting to shout down the changes that some people hope to make in the new year. I wish you well with them and hope they bring about a positive change in your lives; it’s just … well … why wait? Why not make the change as soon as you see it needs to be made. And if you attempt to make a change in the new year, and perhaps by April, you slowly start to slip back into your old ways, why wait until the next new year before you try again?
Again, this is not a critique of said behaviour, just an observation. I have been on either side of the change fence lately. On the 12th of November I quit smoking. I contemplated waiting until the new year to do it, but I just decided (while having talked about it for months previous) on the 11th that the next day, I would quit. And I did. Yet, come the new year, I was still making a list of goals that I was hoping to achieve within the next year. Not that that is a bad thing, just if I want to make a change in my life, I don’t see why I should have to wait.
So, in conclusion to this pointless piece of ‘prose’, if you want to make a change in your life, no matter how big or how small, don’t wait. Just do it. As Ghandi once said: ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ or in our own less world-saving-cases, be the change you want to see in yourself and be it today.