New Year, New Me?

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

First off I want to apologize for not posting lately. I was a bit busier than I thought I'd be during the first couple days of the new year, and then I just got super lazy and lived off Netflix and pizza.

Another reason I haven't posted anything is because I didn't know what my first post of the new year should be. Then I kept seeing this saying:

"New year, new me." 

I saw this countless times as the new year quickly approached. I also saw all the jokes about it. I do agree that it's a bit odd to think that just because it's a new year that you're going to be a completely different person. However, I do see how this saying could be misinterpreted. To me "new year, new me" doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to be a totally different person but simply that you're going to try to grow and become a better person as the year progresses. The things we did in the past can't just disappear, they become apart of us and who we are/were. But we can learn from any mistakes we did make in the past and grow from them.

Then I started thinking, what does the new year mean? Why is there so much excitement centered around it? Now I can't speak for everyone but I think it's because a new year means a fresh start. Of course you can't erase your past, but being able to get that feeling of starting's simply amazing. A lot of people (including myself) start noticing their "firsts" of the year: their first kiss, first meal, first tweet, first selfie, etc...the list could go on forever. Now it's interesting because I'm sure we've had countless meals, tweets and selfies so why are they so important when the new year rolls around? It's the feeling of a new beginning.

I've experienced this feeling of "starting over" many times: when I moved into a new house, when I started a new school, when I moved to a new state, and of course when a new year begins. It's difficult to put into words how much joy I'm filled with when I get to experience these new beginnings. Sure there's a bit of fear that comes along with it, but I think the curiosity, ambition, and pure joy overpowers any fear that you might feel. For me, the new year brings inspiration and a fresh start.

I want to try new things, achieve new things, learn new things, and just grow as a person. This year I've decided not to make any resolutions and just see where life takes me. Sure I have some goals I'm keeping in the back of my mind, but I don't want to restrict myself. I want to get out of my shell and experience the world. I also want to take this blog to new places and find my niche.

This post was a bit rambly and off the top of my head, but I hope you guys were able to follow where I was going with it. Today marks the first week of the new year and I can say, "so far, so good."

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