I find the coming of the new year almost comical. For one it is an acceptable time for people to make changes. Most people do not like change but for some reason during this time of year everyone is looking to change something - themselves, their life, their goals. We get excited by the possibilities of growth and adventure. We picture the "new me" in our heads and it is appealing and within grasp. It is an almost magical time of year full of endless opportunities. "This year I am going to be skinny!", "this year I will get that promotion!", "this year I will find the right person".
Maybe I have been tainted by being in the fitness industry for too long but this magical season seems to last about 6 weeks at best. The gyms are packed. The stores carry more athletic clothing and healthy food. We are all on this fabulous train to greatness..... and then.
Life happens. The day to day activities start to take over. We don't have enough time, energy, will power, determination or motivation to stay on our chosen path. The monotony of life crowds out the inspiration we had for that one gleaming moment during New Year's. Until, of course, we get around the calendar again.
New Year's is also an acceptable time to let go. We feel the burden of the year lift from our shoulders. All of the regret and sadness are allowed to leave and we can start fresh. New.
What if we treated every moment like New Year's. We saw every minute as a new opportunity, a chance to let go. A chance to change, to grow, to learn, to love. Every single moment of every single day. What if there was no New Year's Day and the opportunities were solely in your hands. Would you do it? Would you see it? Would you grab it and not let go? 6 weeks or a lifetime. I know my answer - do you know yours?