Today is January 1st 2016.
To some that means a paid day off. A three day weekend. A brand new start on a very fresh page of life.
For others it may mean time to make some changes. Start a new diet. A different workout. Or to just start working out and eating better.
I have never really truly understood the fascination with celebrating the end of one year and the start of another. Maybe I am too much of a realist. You will still wake up today and be you. If you hated working out and struggled doing it in December. You will still hate it in January. If you didn’t like fruit and veggies over bread and bacon, well taste buds don’t change over night either.
Drinking heavily to say goodbye to the old year means starting the new one with a hangover. Concepts I just don’t quite understand.
We, you have the opportunity to start your life over at any given moment. Not when it is the first of something. You could wake up tomorrow and say ‘this is the first day that I will do ten minutes of cardio’ Next week you can decide to cut out sugar for a week and that will be a first. It happens when YOU want it to happen. Not when the media is telling you to start over, be a better person, get healthier, make better choices.
In my most recent life (the last five years) I stopped doing resolutions. I stopped making new years ideals/goals/empty promises. I have chosen to do something new every year. I never know what it will be. I do not have a bucket list of things I want to do before I die. If a new opportunity arrises that I have never done before then I will embrace it and try it at least once. That is how I choose to live my life now.
So far in 2015 it has been: started blogging, ran in several 5K’s, became a nationally certified group fitness instructor, got my Zumba Step license. Went to Portland. Flew to AZ for a one day trip. Started my own fitness accountability page. Tried new foods. Made new friends.
After I beat this cancer and am given the free and clear signal that I can resume a ‘normal’ life again, I will not wait for the first of the month, or the first of a new year. I will embrace the challenge of pursuing something new and different always.
Okay soapbox moment over.
Onward and Upward.