Get ready, boys and girls, for another new year and a new bunch of sparkly resolutions. Prepare to wait in line at the gym, stock up on kale before it runs out, and look out for those shiny new takkies soon to be hitting the pavement. It’s “a New Year and a New Me,” right? But, have you ever stopped to think about what that means, and if any part of it is true?
A New Year and a New Me
A lot of health based resolutions happen in the new year. As the clock strikes 12 and we’re born anew it seems like the logical time to start with a new diet, cut out fried food or start training for that elusive 10k. We see it all the time, this idea that health is an event. We want to trace our health or apparent illness or symptoms back to one specific thing or a specific date. By doing this, we tend to lose sight of the fact that health is a continuous endeavour and that each decision we make every day tilts us closer to health or closer to illness. When is the best time to start making positive decisions about your health? The best time is NOW. There’s no need to wait for health, it can be improved by little things that you do each day. Take the stairs, pick up a book, savour that smoothie. Also, remember that when that sneaky bar of chocolate makes it into your trolley after a rough day, it’s not necessary to throw in the towel, just to keep practicing and to do better next time. It’s not always pretty, it’s never perfect, but it’s 100% worth it.
It seems that every other person is exclaiming: “Phew! I’m glad that 2020 is over.”
I think that we can all agree that 2020 was an entirely new kind of experience. Lives were affected by lockdown and livelihoods were harshly compromised. We can’t pretend that these problems disappeared when the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve. It’s interesting how time can be such an anchor for these things. What occurred in 2020 is just as present in 2021, the name of the year at the end of the date is all that has changed. Let’s try to focus on the great things that happened in 2020 that will carry through to 2021. I know of so many people that shared a home but really became a family when life forced them to slow down and get to know each other. Families and individuals started to understand the concept of having power over their health and immune systems instead of relying on outside sources to drive them. The time to stop, look up and assess has allowed so many to realize that they weren’t living but merely existing. They’ve had the chance to assess the way that they do life and how better to serve themselves and those close to them.
Let’s go into this year saying “A New Year and a New Me” with the understanding that the power to change lies with us and not with the clock. We have power over our outlook and we have power over our health. Here’s to 2021!