January 4, 2017
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Every year, as the New Year approaches, one can sense excitement building in the atmosphere. In many instances, this type of emotion/feeling can at times be so substantial it resonates in others.
This excitement takes place in large part due to individuals getting ready to create significant changes in their lives; changes that will be for the better.
However, what seems quite intriguing about these circumstances is that often times many people choose to wait to make changes after the new year begins, even though they know they would reap rewards with those changes now. If change is to take place [positive, meaningful & needed changes at that] why don’t individuals make changes immediately? After all, if the benefits are to be beneficial, why not venture into the realm of change sooner?
We are all guilty of this idea to some extent, and it seems quite paradoxical that people would see new ‘resolutions’ as positive, but yet hold themselves back from them until the ‘official clock’ changes. Why not change your own clock? Why not dance to your own tune?
Regardless of the reasons, when the New Year begins hope is in the air, individuals have an extra spring in their step, and the vibe is totally different.
If you go to the gym, the first day of the year is hands down the busiest day of the year. In this respect, as someone who shares similar goals and as an observer of this circumstance for many years, it’s great to witness individuals do the best for themselves and starting out strong. Problem is that, in many ways our resolutions often dissipate into our past habits much of the time.
Still though, every new year, more and more people end up bringing about better change for themselves, and this is quite refreshing. Be it in search for better health, relationships, personal growth, or other, individuals that keep pushing themselves to breakaway from the conventional box we’ve been offered from youth often keep chugging along relentlessly regardless of time, circumstances or obstacles. These individuals make obstacles their daily bread.
Moreover, other individuals that get to see positive changes in others that breakaway from the conventional narrative gain confidence and belief in many ways as they see their friends or acquaintances succeed in new endeavours. This doesn’t often directly correlate into success for these folks, but it sure helps in them seeing what’s possible.
And at minimum, the future will always hold the option to be the jump-off point if any individual ever decides to light off into the horizon. That’s one great reason the future appeals to everyone, but there’s more.
The future offers us energy, possibilities and wonder.
The future is the untraveled road, ready to be paved by the individual – you.
The future is everything we wished for, and more, but only if we make it happen.
The future is the shining star that’s yet to shine upon a new horizon.
The future is a compass pointing in a new direction; a new course to make berth too.
The future is ultimately a blank canvas, and that’s why we all love it.
And yet, the future is every single day, every new hour and every new minute. The future doesn’t stop and wait for the New Year just because that’s what we’ve been taught to do.
The future, like a blank canvas, is always ready to be filled in.
Knowing that, why not make every new day your ‘New Year? Why not make every day your gateway?
The beauty of this conundrum is that it’s only a choice.
Thankfully, the future – our individual blank canvas – is always there.
And always will be, ready for that moment when the choice is made.
That said, let’s end with this gem from Mattie Stepanek:
“Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future.”