It’s that time of the year where everyone reflects on the past year and the coming year. It’s a time where people set goals for themselves in the hope that they’ll accomplish them sometime throughout the new year. The only thing about New Years resolutions is that they’re often failed within the first month of the year (aka January). Why? I think it’s because people think that if they set their goal in the new year that they’re more likely to stick with it. But I don’t think that’s the case. Setting a goal or challenge for yourself is something that requires discipline, determination, and a lot of motivation. In order to change or want to do something, you actually need to be passionate about wanting to make that change – that is, if you want to stick with it. Which is why I find it so odd that people wait until the new year to make a resolution they’re more than likely not going to stick with. If you really wanted to make the change/set a goal, why wait until the new year to make it? Why not make it whenever you want. Once you feel that passion, set it. Achieve it.
Now that my rambling and ranting is done, I’ll explain why I have no plan on setting a New Years resolution. I’m in a place in my life right know where I’m happy with who I am in a holistic point of view. There are obvi some things I’d like to change, but they’re fractional and minimal that it really doesn’t bother me.
It has taken me many moons to get to where I am today. It’s taken a lot of hard work, dedication, soul searching, and learning. But, hey, here I am. I’m finally at a place I can confidently say that I’m happy with who I am and how my life is. I’ve learned to accept the good, the bad, and most certainly the ugly.
So, New Years, cheers to you. But don’t expect a resolution from me any time soon.
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.