The first fortnight of 2017 is over and already the novelty of the New Year is wearing off. The euphoria that accompanied the ending of 2016, and the beginning of 2017, has also faded. Life, as they say, is back to the grind.
Whether you make resolutions or not, it is difficult not to feel optimistic in the first few days of the New Year. The first day of the New Year feels like the turning of a new leaf. The New Year brings along with it a unique magic in the form of the belief that things will get better, doesn’t it?
But if you have lived on this planet for any length of time, I am sure, you must have realized by now that this belief is just as tenable as the fact that the human being is the center of the universe.
Yet, year after year, we do not fail to fall for this belief.
What is even more surprising is the fact that sometimes the magic works. We are able to make the change that we had wanted to make for a long time. How does that happen?
A little introspection will reveal that it is not the time of the year that helps you make the change; the true magic, in fact, lies in your innate desire to make the change happen. Time is nothing but a construct devised by humans to break up their lives into smaller, manageable bits. The best definition of time that a search on the Internet may give you is, “a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.” So, time is nothing but a measure.
But, I digress, as we are not talking about time here.
The point I want to make is simple: The key to change is you.
If you want it, you have to make it happen. Here I am not talking about things that only the universe has the power to grant (even though I believe that the law of attraction works there as well). I am talking about the simple changes that you have wanted to make for a while now, but have failed to do so. I am talking about things like:
Quitting a bad habit
Spending more time with family/friends
Organising /simplifying your life
Learning something new, etc.
The list above contains some of the most common resolutions people make, and as a consequence, some of the most commonly resolutions people break. All of these things, and many other things like these, do not require any external help. They are totally dependent on you. If you want to do them, you will do them.
The New Year is just a point in time that you can use to make the change you want in your life. But if that point in time is gone, there is no need to worry. Neither is there a need to wait for another year to pass before you can resolve to make these changes again.
You can start today, because every day is a new day, and if you put your heart into it, you can make the change you want on any day. New Year’s Day is after all just another day.