We have heard it so much this year, “These unprecedented times…” I know many people are over 2020. And yeah, truthfully, this year sucked.
But the way I see it, we can’t move forward without acknowledging the hardships. No real journey to progress is completely smooth. There are bumps, mountains, valleys, and a lot of work to that end. So much has happened this year that, understandably, people are tired of it. But I have spent too much of my life wishing for what’s next. The weekend, the next month, the next year, the next stage of your life, whatever it may be.
Yes, this year sucked. But I learned so much about myself this year. I learned more about my capabilities and limitations. I’ve developed my abilities, and I am so proud of myself. I’m working on my fitness goals, I’m in a job I love, my students think I’m cool, and I have a nice fancy car I’m paying off. That all happened this year! I wouldn’t be in this position if this year hadn’t happened.
So yeah, this year sucked. But it’s still a part of our lives. The way I see it, you can either wish your life away, or make the most of it. There’s a month and a half left. What do you want to accomplish? Forget New Year’s Resolutions (you know I don’t like them anyway). What about end of year goals?
We spend so much time wishing our lives away that we forget to live. And I’m guilty of this too. That’s why we have New Year’s Resolutions. We want to start the year fresh. But how much time do we spend ending the year right? We can’t just start the year and hope to put a band-aid on how we ended the year. Then, when the band-aid gets ripped off and you fall right back to where you are, what progress have you actually made? I’m not trying to be pessimistic. I’m really not. All I’m saying is that you don’t need to wait until January to start improving your life. Start building those habits now, and then it’s not as difficult come January.
Just because this year didn’t go the way it was supposed to doesn’t necessarily mean that you should waste it. So I ask again: what do you want to accomplish before the end of the year? I have a smaller weight loss goal I want to hit. I want to get a certain amount of my car paid off. Yeah, those are things that are going to continue to next year as well. But by starting those now, I can continue those into next year.
We all know that 2020 wasn’t the best year. But good things can still come out of it, whether big things or small ones. Why not make your life one of them? I personally believe that the less you wish your life away, the better off you will be. Start where you are. Start that journey. It’s not always easy, but it will be worth it. You never know what you’re capable of until you try. Even if it’s just to give you something to make the year a little better. Don’t do it because I suggested it. Do it for you. Do it to be proud of yourself.