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New Year, New You?

A new year. A chance to reinvent yourself into the “best” version of you. According to StatisticsBrain.com, roughly 45% of all Americans make a new years resolution.  At the top of the list of tings that people wish to improve with themselves you will find “lose weight,” “getting organized,” and “spend less, save more” just to name a few. Percentage of people who achieve their new year’s resolution? 8%.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who sees social media flooded with the promises from people on what’s to come out of the upcoming year. For a lot of individuals, you can feel the passion that they have for themselves to achieve these things radiate from your computer screen. You know that they want this, or need this, to happen. I’m not pointing this out to mock people for doing this, rather point out the need people seem to have for a new year to start before they begin to work on whatever it is they’ve set as a goal for themselves. Why is that? Why do we pigeonhole ourselves into waiting for 365 more days to go by before we start to take action? While I’m not a statistician or a behavioral psychologist I think a lot of this falls into one word, and one category: Hope.

If you think about the course of your life, there were likely times when your circumstances made you feel better than you did before. It could’ve been a new home, a new car, a new job, being accepted into the school of your choice, a relationship seeming to be working out. The commonality between all of these scenarios, and anything like them, is that you have hope. Hope that this new thing, person, experience, will somehow change your life for the better.

The other day I took my dog to the beach. Seeing him, you would’ve thought that this would go down as the best day of his entire life. The look of absolute joy and happiness on his face as he ran freely in and out of the water. He would lie down, drink water, and then get up and do it all over again. At one point, he stopped and sat right at the water’s edge, and he just sat there. It was the most reflective moment I have ever seen a dog have; especially mine. He sat there for abut 15 minutes just gazing out at The Persian Gulf. Seeing him do this made me realize that life needs to slow down a bit.

Days and moments need to be taken as they come and not rushed through. There is no need to pressure ourselves into making a list of what we think is wrong with ourselves that needs fixing at the turn of every new year; how depressing! Instead, make a list of everything you love about yourself and work from there. In the end, if nothing else works for you consider this: do more of what makes you happy. I’d be willing to bet; it could change your life. 

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