So, the new year is almost upon us. And I don't know about you, but I'm actually caught off-guard because this year went by a little too quickly. Part of me is relieved that this year is ending, but another part - a bigger part - wishes I had more time to accomplish all of the goals I wanted to accomplish in 2014.
But that's the problem, isn't it? We always spend so much time regretting everything that's happened, thinking about all the time we've wasted and all the mistakes we've made. Why don't we ever look past these things and remember everything that's made us smile?
I know everyone says New Year's resolutions are a waste of time and effort. And to be honest, it's true to some extent. I don't know too many people who manage to stick to their resolutions for a whole week, forget an entire year. And I have a hard time with it, too.
I don't know about you, but my resolutions are either too complex ("I will write fifty inspirational blog posts this year!") or too vague ("I will work on my blog this year!"). They're either too far-fetched or so easy that I lose interest.
So this year, I'm going to do something different. This is 2015. This is a fresh start. I have a feeling I said this last year too, but this time, I really, really need a fresh start. Things haven't exactly gone my way this year, and I'm partly at fault for that. I spent too much time worrying about everything I was doing wrong instead of being happy about the things I was doing right. I spent so many mornings thinking about how horrible my day was going to be, instead of being excited about all the miracles that could happen if I just got out of bed.
I've spent the whole of 2014 being so negative that all I can see right now, when I look back, is darkness. And that is something I am not willing to take with me in the new year.
Here's to a fresh start. Here's to a resolution that is both difficult and easy, that is both deep and simple: I will look at the bright side of things. I will give people a chance instead of pushing everyone and everything away. I will love myself instead of trying to find people who can love me. I will work on improving myself instead of cursing everything that's wrong with my life. I will remain positive, even when things go wrong.
Dear reader, if you've had a bad year, a bad week or even a bad day, then don't lose hope. A new year is coming. A fresh start is on the way. Heck, your fresh start can begin right now. All you need is the strength to believe in yourself and your strengths.
So promise me something. You're going to start living a life that you like. You're going to become yourself. You're going to be around people who love you for who you are. You're going to find your passion and follow the path that calls out to you.
And most importantly, you are going to do everything in your power to stay positive and happy and hopeful.
Here's a scene from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one of my favourite movies, that might make you feel more hopeful about your life and yourself.
I hope you had a great Christmas and I know you're going to have a fantastic New Year.
Let me know in the comments: how excited are you for a fresh start? How are you going to make this year the best year of your life?
Until next time, Geeks. Thanks for reading. :)