A new year always means new beginnings. It is a time period when people of all ages take stock of their lives, vow to become better people, to lose those pounds, to become more active/well-read/charitable. It is a time for reflection and for thanksgiving.
Yet, why do people only perform this ritual around January 1st? What makes a new year different from a new month? A new week? A new day? If one truly wants to become a “better” person, why wait until January? Why is it so difficult to adopt the same attitude every day versus every year?
How did we get into this rut in the first place? How did society come to place so much emphasis on the year versus on a month? Experts state that people need to enjoy life and take things one day at a time, but society focuses on the entire year in review versus a shorter period of time. Why?
I am as guilty of this as the next person. The new year is always filled with such hope, more so than a new day, week or even month. However, I cannot help but think that we all do ourselves a disservice by this attitude. Would our resolutions last longer, would we be more successful if we treated each day as a fresh beginning?
This year, I resolve to treat every day as a new day. Every day is a fresh beginning, and if I fail a resolution, I will try again the next day. It is time to start judging ourselves by an entire year and start truly living life one day at a time. Who’s with me?