new minute, new me

I have mixed opinions about New Years Resolutions. I know plenty of people who think they are ridiculous, and I also know plenty of people who do them ritually. I lean more towards them being an excuse to put off whatever it is you want to do.

I do, however, understand that for some the new year is a completely fresh start. It’s 1/365, whereas doing something in the middle of August doesn’t have the same meaning. So I can understand.

For me, every minute is a new opportunity to change. You aren’t obligated to be the same person you were a month ago, let alone two-seconds ago. If you want to change, or grow, or even take a step back— you have the right to do that at any given time. And you shouldn’t think that you have to wait until January 1st to do that.

Earlier in the year I was very out of shape. I really didn’t like myself at all. I had zero motivation to change how I looked because I didn’t like knowing how much work/time it was going to take in order to see results— so I sat back and waited. One day I woke up and realized I didn’t need to wait. If I wanted to change, I could do it right freaking now. I may not have seen the results right away, but my mentality changed. I didn’t wait until January 1st. I sucked it up and did what I had to do. The thought that I almost waited until the New Year to get in shape pisses me off so much. It’s just a day on the calendar. But my life was happening right now. I have the ability to change right now. I had the ability to change right then.

Everything is always constantly changing and evolving. Every second of everyday, something new is happening. The wind blowing outside your window, causing the leaves to change direction isn’t worried about waiting for January 1st— neither is the sun, coming up everyday, only to set again later.

For some reason, as a society we hold meaning to things that shouldn’t have any. We allow them to impact what we do daily. Now, not to take any meaning away from the celebration of a New Year— but, that shouldn’t affect when or how we choose to change our lives.

With mostly everything, I choose not to bow down to societies standards. Doing things the right way sounds really dull. Same goes for my life, if I want something, I do it now. If I feel differently about something than I did two minutes ago, I’m not afraid to say so. It is your right as a piece of this earth to change whenever you please. Don’t ignore that right.

-Kelsi

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