By: Tyler Center
So many times the start of a new year means the start of a diet, or some plan to reach a goal that you inevitably give up on just in time for Valentine’s Day. This New Year I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to use the New Year to not set a goal to exercise more, read a book, or be on my phone less; this New Year I simply wanted to better myself. I don’t have a specific goal for the New Year like a New Year’s resolution or anything; I simply want to become an overall better version of who I was in 2017.
2017 was a record year for me; it brought a mountain of struggle, however, it also brought a flood of growth. It was the toughest year thus far, however it was also the year I learned the most about myself and about others. I learned I could improve upon a lot within myself, and how I treat others. The struggles this past year taught me that nothing worth having comes easy, and it for sure comes at some sort of cost. Whether that is monetary, time, or relationships, the cost is always (at least in my case) something I value.
So for the New Year, I am hoping to take what I have learned in the past, and mold it into something beneficial for my future. Whether that is a perspective I have about someone or something, or how I treat those around me. I have found that I take for granted many of the people around me who support and love me. This New Year I am going to try and express to those friends, and family how much they mean to me, whether that is through an act of service, a gift, or a simple phone call or text message.
The best part of a new year is that it is essentially a fresh start, a new lease on life. I love the New Year because it brings so much hope, and opportunity to my life and it seems like the world is full of hope and new life. So take this New Year and make it your own. Don’t conform to the old society tradition of setting some unattainable goal you’ll forget about by February 1st. Use this New Year as a chance to better YOU as an individual for YOU, and nobody else.
Happy New Year + Cheers to fresh starts