I’m one of those people that doesn’t like endings. I find it sad when things come to an end and New Years Eve is no exception. On the flip side, I LOVE beginnings and New Years day is one of my favorite days of the year!
And today is…NEW YEARS DAY!
I went to bed early last night…before midnight…which was a first for me. For New Years Eve, I always go somewhere or hang out with friends. There’s always someone having a party or gathering, so there’s something to pick from, but last night, I decided to pick me and skip out on all the festivities. I wanted to get up bright and early this morning to kick off 2016!
As I got ready for bed, I thought back over 2015 and was amazed at the different adventures I experienced, the opportunities that came my way, and the people that either entered my life or continued to be a part of it. I also wondered what 2016 had in store for me and, as I usually do, I vowed to make this year different. This will be the year I make some changes. Unlike in years past though, the changes I want to make aren’t vague anymore. I know what they are, which means I feel much more confident in making them happen.
But, I couldn’t help but reflect on how turning the page to a new year makes me feel. It’s a bit odd, really. While I’m grateful for everything in the past year and I’m excited about the new year to come, there’s a part of me that always wonders if one year from now, I’ll be wishing I could step back in time and return to this very moment.
As I embark upon what I hope will be a year of change, I feel that even more acutely this year. Am I about to make a lot of big mistakes? Will I wish I had just towed the line and not rocked my boat?
We never know what our actions and decisions will cause. Sometimes it’ll cause amazing things and sometimes it’ll cause heartbreaking things. Life also tends to throw us curveballs through no choice or action of our own and that is even harder.
That’s exactly why we have to live each day fully and limit our regrets. We have to step past fear to make the most of each day. It’s no guarantee that we will get everything we want or that we won’t suffer losses, but it is a guarantee that we won’t regret what we didn’t try.
I’m still working on all of this and have a lot of scary things I need to do to get the life I want, but I know if I can go out there and make it happen, it’ll be worth it and I’ll be stronger for it.
Change is scary, but I’m starting to realize that not changing is even scarier. We may lose people, things and moments, but in return we gain new people, new things and new moments. By moving past the things or people that aren’t actually working, we allow the new to come in and that gets us closer to what we truly need and deserve.
It can be scary to look something or someone we care about in the eye not knowing if our choice will cause us to have to say goodbye. But what if not taking the step has the same result? Isn’t it better to at least try?
Take the chance.
It’s a new year…a clean slate…and it’s 100% in your hands to make this year of your life whatever you want. Make this year count.
Take the chance.