I think that for a lot of people the time in between Christmas and New Years is an important time, and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there is almost certainly a feeling one gets leading up to a new year.
Excitement. Anxiety. Nervousness. Change. Lack of change.
All of these things measure what I personally am feeling. The new year is a wonderful thing and somehow it offers a reset button for each and every one of us to do better, or differently, or more. That can be a really daunting task, but if ever there was a time to rise to the occasion, this is it.
Starting a new year does not have to be a start to something new. Yes, the date on the calendar changes, but we are, in fact, the same people, just one day older. Sometimes though, we need that reset button. We crave an excuse to be different or try harder. Sometimes it just puts things into perspective; and that is what I love, whether the date on the calendar is changing or not.
For so many, at the heart of what we do is fear. We become naturally afraid for ourselves and for others, and which comes first is personal, and sometimes equal. We fear that we will not find happiness if we find new ventures. We fear that we will let someone down should our plans not come to fruition. We fear disappointment. We fear rejection. We fear stagnation.
There are so many things to fear when we look into the new year. There are so many things to change. But I believe that one very simple flick of the mind switch can change all of those fears into ambitions.
Finding happiness can only be achieved if one moves forward. Stagnation is the enemy that hides in plain sight, ever-present and steadily growing, until we not only see it, but cannot move past it for the sheer size. The longer we wait to change, the harder change is to find. Disappointment comes in many forms, but the most severe is realizing that time has past and none of it was used. And as for rejection, that will undoubtedly happen. The moment we realize that, the moment we are free from it.
Sometimes we understand that dreams are dreamed to be lived. Sometimes we understand that the value of a weightless cloud is worth more than weighty coins. And sometimes, if truth be faced, we admit how scary those thoughts are. A cloud may weight nothing but can feel like a burden if not released.
I believe that we are made to imagine. I believe that we are made to change and grow and learn and live. New Years is one of my favorite holidays for one simple reason: it allows people to dream. It allows people to live, even if only through promises and lists and notes written in the phone. It is a chance that shows itself in the open instead of hiding all year long. It is a moment that we can take if we want to, that we can be held accountable for, that we can do something with.
I believe in those moments all the time. I believe they never go away. I believe they are always there to see if you look in the right places. And I believe that this New Years, everyone should turn their dreams into reality. It might not happen right away. It might not happen in one year. It might be that for the next five years your dreams are the same and you have to work hard every day to achieve them.
But each step you take toward sending your dream into the universe is a step that feels lighter and more fulfilled. Each time that cloud lifts you feel lighter, can see clearer, until eventually your dream is a cloud dancing amongst the sky, and you can see so clearly why you started down this path in the first place.