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New Year, New “You Really Can’t Do This”

I get new years resolutions. I really do. I get that everyone secretly makes them, and everyone pretty much fails them, unless they’re some sort of God or sorcerer or something. And it’s completely normal to make a goal and maybe not reach it, especially on January 1st.

There’s all this hype about New Years and beginning afresh. But in reality, you’re probably not in a position to change everything about your life, beginning at 11:59 on December 31st. Chances are you’re still in school, college, job, etc that you were in throughout all of 2015, and you can’t really get out of that just because 2016 started. Which is, you know, how that stuff works. What I’m trying to say is, you can’t start completely afresh unless you decide to like, run away to the other side of the world without a word’s notice. (That’d be pretty bad ass, though.)

This is normally the thing that gets me down about the whole New Year thing. That, even though there’s all this anticipation and build up to the new year, new start, “New You!!” stuff, I don’t know about you but I get just a bit… disappointed, when everything turns out to be the same as before. You might have started a diet, started working out, started a project, whatever your new years resolutions are (and well done for doing them!! That’s awesome!) But, chances are even if you do those things, you’re not gonna feel like a new and better version of you, especially not straight away.

I think the important thing about setting goals and targets for the new year is to not put everything on these goals. They may be very difficult, and you might give up half way through, and that’s okay! That’s completely normal! What’s really important to remember is that you absolutely do not have to wait until the start of January to begin all of these things you want to do.

You want to go travelling? Go book that shit right now, don’t wait until you’ve spent your money on something else! You want to start working out? Go get some shorts and a water bottle and get out there! You want to eat healthier? Throw out those Christmas leftovers and go grocery shopping. You want to write a book? I feel your pain, keep going buddy and do things that inspire you to write and goddamn sit down and write!

Anything you want to do is completely possible at any point in the year, not just at the start. Sure, it’s a nice starting point and if that works for you, go for it. But if you don’t manage to reach your goals by the end of 2016, that’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up about it. No one’s life is perfect. Just make sure you’re happy, first and foremost. The diet can wait, your happiness can’t.

 

Happy New Year, guys. Thanks for reading.

Stay awesome,

Jess

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