New Year… New Me?
Welcome to my first post! I’m excited to start this new journey. I’ve always been passionate about writing but I haven’t ever been willing to put myself out there with it. I decided it was time to stop hiding it and just go for it.
You always hear people say, “new year, new me,” but do they really mean it? I’m not trying to discourage or put anyone down by posing that question. I just mean: do we really have to become someone new in the new year? Why cant we just expand on the progress we made the previous year? You lost weight in 2018 – GOOD! Keep going. You read more books in 2018 – GOOD! Keep reading.
There are so many examples that I could use, but I think you get the point. Instead of trying to start over and be someone you think you should become, why not spend that time becoming the person you want to become?
There is a huge difference in those two statements. One of them is founded upon other people’s highlight reel on social media or otherwise. The other is founded on you seeing yourself in God’s eyes and building upon His already perfect blueprint: you and everything you were uniquely created to be.
The issue with social media is that it is in fact a highlight reel: people are getting engaged, married, having kids, losing weight, graduating college, getting new jobs, etc. Suddenly, the goals you have achieved this year seem minuscule and irrelevant. We don’t see the things that go on behind the scenes, the hurt, the insecurity, the struggle. So we compare ourselves to something that holds an unrealistic expectation, when in reality we never should.
My point is this. Put your head down and just do you. I know it is way easier said than done, but it’s possible. You can be who you want to be. You don’t have to worry about what society thinks you should do or be. That’s up to you! Do you, and just love people along the way. Cheer others on as they strive to be better and never be a stumbling block to someone trying to do so.
I’ll leave you with this. I heard a pastor say once that there is a good reason that the rearview mirror on your car is smaller than the windshield – you have to see where you are going more than where you’ve been. While it’s important to know where you’ve been, it’s more important to see where you can go.