Whether you feel a new year is a new way to transform and make real change in your life, change that is obviously necessary or you feel you just want to keep doing what you were doing isnt anyones place to say.
As we started a new cycle around the sun, the end to another Gregorian calendar, greeted with the ups and downs of an old year, popular culture does bring the idea of resolutions into full view yet again.
I was tempted not to write a New Year related post and not really because am a little pessimistic or a cynic at times but, since its weeks into the year and 1 out of 10 people are still strong into their resolutions, I find it really funny and worth the talk.
Life goals, family goals, professional goals, relationship goals and pretty much any other goals you could think of began to surface on the internet as the New Year blossoms. Its only a matter of time when you would be intimidated by these posts and start to feel bad for yourself, admire these that want these big changes and would in one way or another want to get on that train too.
These talks have a familiar tone of seriousness and a big helping of disapproval, dont you think? If you are not living life in a particular way, living the American dream, lost weight, have some unshakeable confidence, getting into the entrepreneurship game or anything that the writer of said book, article or what the social media so happens to be selling and thinks is right, you are doomed, screwed and very lifeless.
You go through the net, reflect and see others making it big and you wonder if you are living life right. People seem to be living their lives, happy and embracing life as is. Well, thats what you think. And you are not wrong. Some people are actually genuinely happy.
Why, you may ask? Because they are not running after your dreams and not trying to achieve your goals. They know what makes them happy and chasing ones dreams does that for them. We dont always have it figured out but, in truth, New Year or not, one must be always realistic with their own life.
Your originality is what makes you special and different from the crowd. If you want to do something different, just do it.
In the words of Walt Whitman:
Know “That you are here–that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.”
If you havent done much or built your future in your 20s, you are a nobody. If you havent earned enough money before 35 or have a family, what have you been doing?
Of course, these are essential and make up 21st century life but, you would also agree to the notion or thought that we all are different, see life differently and we all have sets of choices and goals. What makes me happy doesnt necessarily make you happy too.
You could have different wants and aspirations. You know what makes people sad and in the long run makes people not make real good change and good life choices? Expectations and Comparison.
Why not just live your life and be always smart about what you do year in and year out, take responsibility and make the best of it.
Neil degrasse Tyson once said
“that the atoms that comprise life on earth, the atoms that make up the human body can be traced in the stars above and when one looks at the night sky, yes one may realize that we are part of the universe but in truth one should also know that the universe is in us as well.
You may feel small but your atoms are part of this universe. We have this sense of connectivity, we all want to feel connected, we want to feel special, relevant and thats what we are just by being alive.
We are made of the same fundamental elements and atoms of everything in the universe. You dont need anyone or anything to help or define who you are, you truly have everything you need within you.
You are already connected with everything in the universe and its a part of who you are. It is important you know how important and powerful you are in crafting yourself and the world that we all live in.”
You are strong and you are stronger than you think, The message of philosophy in general isnt that it reminds as to start living or to live at all, but with this fact, it reminds us that we can think, we can dream and we can make that dream a reality. So make each day count. Dont just exist, LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!