Humans have an obsession with the calendar year. We give ourselves a certain amount of time to get something done and set up deadlines for ourselves. "I want to lose 20 pounds in 6 weeks, but I'll start fresh on Monday and countdown from there." Sound familiar? Because it sure as heck does to me.
I give myself the same clean eating pep talk about a million times and never follow through because in a moment of weakness, I will always reach for the free candy lying around a friend's house or succumb to the delicious banana nut bread my MIL just baked.
The truth is, though, that there's nothing really stopping you from starting to build the life you want right now. I'm not trying to get all self-help-y right now, but it's true. Why do you need to start on a certain day to improve yourself? Why do we have "New Year's Resolutions"? Most of the time we're setting ourselves up for inevitable failure anyway. Which is probably why these "New Year, New Me" memes hit so close to home.
Wow I really stole a crock pot of buffalo chicken dip from my neighbors apartment at 4am. New year new me— Marcus (@MRobinson17) January 1, 2018
Let's be perfectly honest, none of us are "renewed" each and every year.
New year new me!— Emily Bett Rickards (@EmilyBett) January 1, 2018
Update: new me still gets hangovers.
We've got the same imperfections.
“new year, new me” i say as i oversleep and miss my only lesson on the first day back— lil pip (@howardmoon) January 2, 2018
The same laziness.
new year new me she mutters as she eats frosting out the container with her bare hands while rewatching the same netflix series for the third time— Abigail Gillin (@AbigailGillin) January 1, 2018
The same poor habits.
“New year new me” I say, as I slide out of bed 30 minutes past my alarm— Lindsey (@wreckoslovakia) January 2, 2018
The same things plague us.
New Year, New Me! (Reaches for a chicken nugget under her car seat and eats it)— Katie O'Brien (@katiecobrien) January 1, 2018
We can't escape who we are.
Wish I could say “new year, new me” but I just ate an entire bag of cool ranch Doritos hungover on the couch. So nothing new here.— Emily Chute (@emchute) January 1, 2018
But a curious thing happens once you finally confront that uncomfortable fact of life.
I found a piece of chicken in my wallet this morning. New year new me.— Tiera Czyscon (@TieraC35) January 1, 2018
All of your terrible flaws are laid out on the table.
So you have no choice but to react to them.
New year, new me. Just kidding. Something this awesome doesn't need to change.— Jandalize (@Jandalize) January 2, 2018
Because there's no greater jet fuel to propel you forward to an actual change.
Than the truth of who you really are.
So if you really want to transition out of who you currently are....
Realize that there's no way you can be a "new you" this year. You can only try and become the best version of yourself. So take all of those bad habits and transition them into something worth it.
Happy New Year.