Here’s a thought:
New Year’s isn’t THAT big of a deal.
Time is constantly passing. In many ways, a year is just a social construct we use to measure it. The passing of one year into the next is only significant because we as a society agree on its significance.
That doesn’t mean it’s not important or that we can’t treat it as such. I myself have been reflecting on 2016 and setting goals for 2017. I know what I want to accomplish this year. I fully intended to get started on them right away…but.
But I have a major application due on January 5th. But I have spent most of the day so anxious I can barely make myself move.
Besides that, right after deciding I wouldn’t drink any soda for the month of January, I opened a Coke without thinking about it. I’ve made bad decisions and lacked discipline and decidedly not gotten off to a great start this year. And the year is only a couple of days old.
But here’s the thing: a year is not some magical reset button. It is a unit of time made up of 365 days and there is not way to be completely on point for a full 365 days. Furthermore, you don’t have to.
It’s important to look to the future and it is important to set long-term goals…but it is also important to be patient with ourselves and to do the best with what we’ve got.
I could get really upset with myself for drinking soda today, or I can let it go and try to do better tomorrow. I will finish my Columbia application and then I can focus on the other projects on my list for 2017.
I am going to take the year one day at a time. I will be patient as I work through my anxiety and towards my goals. I will do my best in each moment and, at the end of each day, I will rest knowing I will try again tomorrow.