New Year, New Life

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A new year has begun, 2015 is here to stay (until next year). By this time, you may be sick of hearing other’s new years resolutions, possibly already slacking with your “get in shape” goal and what not. Don’t worry, this isn’t a post that’ll make you want to gouge your eyes out (hopefully) with resolutions and what not so read on good reader, read on.

It seems as we get older, time moves rapidly and years pass by within a blink of the eye. If you think about it, every day is just another day where the sun rises and sets over the Earth, life begins and ends. But come January 1st, we as humans view a new year as a new beginning. Most of us see it as a reset, a fresh start and so we begin again, continuing life with a refreshed approach to each year hoping it ends up better than the last. (Unless of course you had one kick-ass previous year and it may seem impossible to achieve a much better year, right on!)

Most people make lists of goals to reach throughout the year and let’s be honest, they end up being half assed or forgotten. Why? Half the time it’s a lack of motivation, we lose ambition or just end up getting too busy with other things. Life happens and that’s okay.

So what can we do to ensure we have a good year and achieve goals? How does one approach a new year ‘hitting the ground running’?

Don’t plan for anything other than self-growth, prune out the negative, and say yes more often.

Now I’m not saying to not have goals, goals are great to have, but don’t go in telling yourself “Oh I want to do this, I want to do that”, go in saying “I will do this. I will do that”. What you do with your life is completely determined by you and your approach.

Something that I’m still learning is not everything will go as planned. You can spend hours, days, weeks, months, years planning for something and come the time of it actually happening, it will most likely not go exactly as planned. It’s fine for you to have

some form of a plan, a basic outline per-say, but go into things with an open mind and heart, ready for change as it will happen.

There are no promises of tomorrow so you should only live now. Challenge yourself and open your eyes. This Earth is enormous, there is so much to learn from, each person you meet can teach you something about yourself and help you better understand who you are. Even if you think you have yourself figured out, you don’t. You don’t know what you don’t know.

Approach every day as a learning experience. Every stranger, every person, life form or anything you may come to face that day can help you grow. Self-growth and your health are two things you should always strive for every day.

With the people you meet, there will be those that are negative. You know the type I mean, they have a negative outlook on life or they can walk into a room and practically suck out all of the positive energy. These are people can bring you down and in ways, hold you back from going further in life.

Some negative people will come and go, some linger. You determine who you allow into your life and it is up to you to prune out those who can impact you negatively. We all have someone in our lives that we’re thinking of right now and saying, “yep, they’re the negative person in my life and I don’t need them”. If that’s the case, then you sir/madam have a person you don’t need to associate yourself with anymore and thus, should prune the wilting flowers from your tree so new blossoms can grow.

If there is a person in your life that brings you down, if you distance yourself from them my guess is you’ll feel happier and the negativity that was there because of them is gone. If it isn’t, then the negativity is within yourself and that’s something you need to figure out.

Now there are many factors that can contribute to stunting your self-growth. I feel that most people allow their fears to be one of these factors. Fear can keep a person from doing so many amazing and life changing things. Some people allow the societal structure to keep them from realizing they can go and do whatever they want at any given moment. (Granted, I at times can be one of said people). The world is all around and everything it has to offer is available to you no matter your position.

Stop distracting yourself with technology or petty things within your life. Say yes to new things. If there’s something you haven’t tried or done yet that someone offers up or the universe presents to you, say yes to it rather fearing the unknown and saying no. You will not know what can come of new things without giving it a chance. Say yes.

I know that sometimes the fear is a matter of change, some people don’t like change – I get that. But sorry, it’s inevitable (unless you lock yourself in a room until you die – please don’t do that, that’s not good. Get out there, you’ve got this). Change is going to happen. We all hit puberty, we all learn new things, we all have to make decisions whether big or small, we all have to face death of loved ones and eventually death of ourselves in time. Change is all around us. Everything that we do directly and indirectly effects the universe and ours lives, changing paths, changing life in ways we don’t even realize.

If you’re someone who’s allowing the fear of change to prevent you from doing amazing things, you can continue to cower in your corner or tell yourself, “you know what, no, shut up fear, this is my life and I’m going to live it” then stand up, and charge at change with your head held high and allow yourself to embrace the change. Either way, it’s happening. Why not approach change with open arms and learn more about yourself through the change? It may be scary, but in the end you’ll look back and be happy you allowed change to happen naturally.

As Mark Twain said, “20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did…” Why live a life of regret when you can decide what actions you take for yourself right now?

2015 will be a year of growth, learning, kick-assery, and overcoming fears. You are going to achieve great things, say yes to new, and learn more about yourself throughout the year. Believe in yourself and keep the above in mind and you can make everyday truly your own.

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