Happy Every Year! It time for all the “out with the old year and in with the new year” cliches. How many times have you said to yourself: “This is a new year and things will be different”. Well, if your life has sucked this past year, I can understand why you might feel that way but what if it didn’t? What’s wrong with the old, just as it is?
Old is good. My slippers are old and I love them. Many people are old and they can be nice, too. Old is where you have been. You are who you are because of the old – it is what has led you to this point and it is the old that is helping you determine where you are going. So why are we doing all this “outing” with the old at the end of every year?
More importantly, if you are not on a productive path, do you really think a new year is going to make a difference? Getting past unpleasant business is not the same as making changes and moving forward. So maybe this year, you went through something awful, maybe it was an illness that you had to recover from, or you lost your job or your had numerous unforeseen roadblocks causing you a lot of stress. Maybe it is over. So it is good to be optimistic about the future but is that all there is to it?
The truth is that life is a progression either in a good direction or a bad one and it is the choices we make every day that determines whether we feel the need to usher out the old. If you have been working hard to achieve your goals and making progress, then the “old“ is a good thing. And it does not matter, anyway. Whatever the calendar says, the old is coming with you whether you like it or not, and an artificial celebration on the eve of Dec 31st is not going to change that.
This is how I am feeling right now. I keep forgetting that today is the start of a new year. I have been operating like it is 2015 for weeks now because I am on a path to achieving a number of goals. Today just seems like Thursday. And that is how it should be. Most of us get nostalgic this time of the year and our choice is to either celebrate this occasion or mourn the passage of another year. But I am just going to move forward. I like where I am right now. I still have a long way to go to be where I want to be but, right now, where I am feels good. I am also not going to make any New Year’s resolutions as I plan to be resolute every day.
So I will not wish you all a happy New Year. Instead I wish you a Happy Every Year and more importantly, a Happy Every Day.