New Year's Is Not An Excuse

Well hello there!

It's a new year which means everyone is ambitious to do all of these great things this year that they didn't do last year. There's the common resolutions of losing weight, quitting smoking, doing "bad" things less, doing "good" things more, and especially ridding of any negative energy. They're all great things to resolve to do for your health, for your life, for yourself. But I have a problem with them.

New Year's is almost like this psychological holiday where everyone feels like as soon as the clock strikes 12 everything from the past year can be stripped away. That these next 366 days (it's a leap year so yes it's 366) are going to mean massive changes and a complete life flip. That this year will be full of more opportunities than last year. If you're one of the people that are thinking "yes, of course it is, it's 2016, new year new me" you have fallen victim to the problem.

At any point in any year we are capable of change. Shocker, right? You can pack up your house and move somewhere different on any day of the year, whether the year be 2015, 2016, or 2049. You can get rid of any negative people in your life any day of the year. You can get a gym membership and eat healthier any day of the year. You can switch jobs any day of the year. You can have your last cigarette any day of the year. You can volunteer at a seniors centre any day of the year. You have the ability to make any changes to your life that you want to make any day of the year, regardless of which year it may be.

So why does everyone seem to wait until January 1st at 12:00am to make these changes? Because you believe that a sudden switch of calendars, a simple move of a second hand from 11:59:59pm to 12:00am makes a difference? It happens every single night, every single one, but yet you still wait until January 1st to make a change. Where, exactly, is the logic in that? 

There will always be 365 (or 366) days from today ahead of you to hit the exact same spot in the next year. Why is January 1st so significant to us to make changes in our lives to benefit ourselves? At any given point in time we should be doing anything and everything to make ourselves happy. We shouldn't hold off on something because it's not the new year yet. Just do what you feel is necessary or that you want to do whenever you want to do it.

Dream the biggest dreams every day of the year. Be the best person you can be every day of the year. Live the happiest day of your life every day of the year. 

That is how you make a change in your life, by not waiting to start.

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