At the start of every new year, you often stumble upon the statement new year, new me. I’m not too sure how intensely people unpack this statement, but from my own experiences, it often has a shallow meaning behind it.
As a society, we place a lot of emphasis on the beginning of the year, as though it’s the only time we have to enable change in our lives. In reality, January 1st is just another day, and there is no reason why we have to wait until then to make changes in ourselves or our lives, other than using the upcoming date as an excuse.
A few people I follow on social media have decided to ‘opt out’ of the new year, new me statement this year, by saying “New year, new me? Yeah right”, so it got me thinking.
This blog, this journey and my life, in general, is all about becoming self-aware, empowering myself and others and generally trying to be better. It’s about acknowledging that we all have faults and things we don’t like about ourselves, we are all different, and we all have things we want to improve on in our life. The statement new year, new me challenges me, as it indicates that the old me was no good and the new me will be amazing. I don’t think we should have that mindset because although we are forever changing beings and will always have things to work on, we are all amazing.
I think it’s important that we learn to love ourselves as we are – something we can do while simultaneously trying to better ourselves. No one is perfect, but we can aim to achieve a better and healthier lifestyle for ourselves. Everyone is different, and therefore every person has their own definition of what it means to be happy and healthy – think, what does it mean for you? Rather than thinking new year, new me backed with unrealistic resolutions or meaningless goals, think about some lifestyle changes you can make. These could be anything, big or small.
Do you need to buy a coffee every morning? Should you wake up and meditate for 15 minutes before work? Could you tell your loved ones you appreciate them more often? Always wanted to pick up a new hobby like dancing or playing an instrument? Could you save an extra few dollars per pay?
It’s your life – make changes that you know will be realistic, beneficial and empowering. Happy new year!