New Year, New Me
Now that I’ve probably caught your attention with a little bit of self-irony, please allow me to wish you all a Happy New Year!
Around this time of the year, social media is packed with the same old and cliché quote posts. “New year, new me”, they read. While saying, reading or writing these words seems so pathetic that you literally cringe a bit, I must admit that, at the beginning of every year, I find myself thinking that – and feeling guilty about it.
I guess we all want to become better in some way, to evolve, to feel like we’ve somehow moved forward in what regards more than just time.
We want to start a healthier lifestyle, but only imagining a situation where we’d have to pick between working out for hours only to come home to a kale salad and binge watching our favorite TV series while stuffing ourselves with tons of sugar loaded junk food, we realize that, even if we’d choose the first option, we probably wouldn’t be able to get through more than 48 hours without desperately needing that “cheat day” we promised to treat ourselves with once a month.
You decide that you’ll stop procrastinating and start being productive, but whenever you have to study, the philosopher inside you awakens and you suddenly find yourself contemplating on the meaning of life and how you’ve never noticed that scratch on your ceiling before.
You tell yourself that you won’t judge people anymore and that you’ll only spread positive vibes, but then again, that girl’s making out with your crush, which means you have to find something wrong about her to talk about, so that you’ll feel better about yourself, am I right?
The point is, we truly want to become better people, but we simply never find the motivation to do something about it, so we convince ourselves that once the New Year starts, we’ll have acquired the experience and ability to do all those things that we never managed to do before the clock struck midnight.
You tell yourself that you’re a new person and that this year is going to be your year and that nothing can stop you now. And then you realize that you don’t feel any different than you did yesterday.
Or perhaps it’s just me…
But, in case it’s not and some of you can relate to this article, I hope this year will give us all the wisdom to embrace ourselves just the way we are.
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