I feel like 2017 started with so many resolutions. We’d just moved into a new house, we were planning a wedding and things couldn’t have been better. I was still recovering from surgery, but it was all looking so fantastic. Little did I know how the year would end up and how all those resolutions would be put to the test. It’s been a rough year, to say the least.
In talking to many different people, it seems that many of us struggled through this year. Isn’t it strange that we all look around for something to blame? Was there a full moon every day this year? Did the stars realign to a point that brought bad luck to everyone? Was it because Trump is president? (I had to throw that one in there for good measure).
Whatever the reason, it seems to have been a hard year for many of us. With that comes a sense of wanting to have a fresh new start. I dislike the idea that something should be started with the new year or the new month or a new week. It always seemed so strange to me that you wouldn’t just start doing whatever it is. If you make a resolution, why wait to start it sometime in the future?
However, I fall trap to it every year myself. For some reason, that fresh start is a powerful thing. The idea that the slate will be wiped clean and we have a whole new set of months to fill up with whatever we choose. Of course, as we’ve seen this year, fate or whatever does have some role, so we can’t always choose how things will go.
What we can choose is our attitude. I’ve had a pretty crappy attitude, especially the last part of this year, and I kept telling myself that I just needed to make it through this year and the next would be better. I’m thinking I missed out on some months that could have been better, though.
I’m always preaching that it’s best to live in the moment because the past is gone and who knows what tomorrow will bring. I suppose this little post here is my wake up call. 2018 only being a few days away might have something to do with it too, but I’d like to think that maybe I’ve just grown?
I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year celebration!
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is “resolution.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!