There are two sides.
Side A: You believe that a new year means a brand new you, along with the opportunity to re-invent yourself, possibly make a few necessary changes that you weren't able to in the previous year. It's a fresh start, your goals are prepped and ready for full implementation. You love everyone and your new profile pic is an image of a cute furry animal!
Side B: You are the same exact person you were before the clock struck midnight and there is absolutely nothing you want to change about yourself. Simply put, it's just another day and you are ready for the weekend so you can be left alone. Your profile pic is the same as it was last year, because once again, nothing has changed!
Straddling the fence only confuses matters, so it's best to pick a side and choose your battles wisely. Most will find it easier to just go with the flow of making a laundry list of resolutions even when they know they will likely accomplish none of them. Call it peer-pressure, call it insanity or blame it on the haunting image of the vision board you were suckered into making last year. Which by the way, is hanging in the entry way of your house. Heads for no list and just going with the flow and tails for a massive list that even Santa wouldn't be able to fulfill. Whichever way the coin lands, it's important to remember at the end of the day, the choice is all yours.
So you've chosen Side A and you are as stoked about this new year as you were when you got your very first car. It's your time to shine and allow the creative side of your brain to take over and rule the world. Ok, I realize world domination is a bit much however this side is a little more dramatic, so let's just play along! If planning things out and making a few changes here and there will cause endless smiles upon your face, by all means make it all happen!
And now we come to those who have chosen Side B. Based on the way the previous year played out, there is more doubt than optimism that things will be much better just because it's a magical new day and new year. You are perfectly fine with leaving things just as they are and you find that trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing is both tiring and unnecessary, which is perfectly fine. There is no written law that says those who don't make a list are missing out, so if this is you, no reason to feel pressured to be anyone other than yourself.
I've easily on any given day been a mix between the two sides, and I am pretty sure the majority can relate. Out with the old and in with the new is just fun to say. What's important is to remember to find joy in whatever it is that you choose and I guarantee someone will follow your lead.
"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." -Author Unknown
AJ writes & blogs from her home in Atlanta, GA. You can also find her work as a contributing writer at www.groovmagazine.com
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