What's in a date?
Will you be a different person on 1st January 2015 from 31st December 2014? You are transforming every minute because you grow older every millisecond and your body’s cells are changing continuously. Nonetheless chances are most likely that you find yourself to be the ‘same person’: low on energy, asocial, tired, frustrated, depressed, lazy and procrastinating. The resolutions that you make may be unrealistic and amenable to failure; only to make you become even more of what you wanted to ‘not be’. By associating change with a specific date, we defeat the purpose of that change. One needn’t wait for January 1st to exercise; a resolution made on 30th December or 29th August would work as well too. Alternately some people resolve in September that they will make a new year resolve to exercise. That alleviates the need to exercise until the New Year has actually arrived. And we see people making the same resolutions every year, the cycle continues, new years come again and again and the person is just ‘older’ but pretty much the ‘same’.
Give birth to a new you
You don’t need a new year to feel new. And you needn’t demand rebirth to be reborn. Any day is good enough to become a new person, originate new tasks, offer new ideas and inculcate newer humanity in yourself. Be realistic in your expectations from yourself. As regards others, try not to expect anything at all. Strength lies in giving, not receiving. Give yourself that chance to change. If you decided to lose weight and couldn’t, it’s not the end of the world. What matters are the steps you take to reach that goal. Success is not guaranteed and failure is never final. They are both inevitable spokes in the wheel of life. By doing your best to achieve the best, not just for yourself but the world around you, you become the change that you want to see in the world.
Beware and be aware
31st of December will come every year, as the wheels of time never stop turning. However you need to make the most of not just that date but of every single day that presents you with new beginnings and fresh opportunities. If you are reading this in the middle of January 2015 or August too, don’t think that it’s too late. You don’t need another 31st December to make fruitful change to your life. You can still be the person you want to be irrespective of the date and time. Be a new you, today…