So 2011 comes to a close too. Year-ends always put me in a strange mood. My mind oscillates to extremes every fraction of a second. Should I think of all that could not be accomplished or of what may lie ahead? Should I be sad about what has ended or excited about what may begin? My mind goes in a fix.
The irony of the whole thing is that the New Year shall come, the clock shall strike 12, our digital calendars will change the year on them, and nothing really changes. I mean, there is no thunder that accompanies your complete transformation into a person you rather wish you could be. Your problems don’t vanish like Cinderella’s carriage just because the year is now ‘n+1’. The sun rises in almost the exact same way.
However, one now has two choices – one can either sulk about ‘another year down’ or be highly optimistic about getting another chance at life or ‘starting afresh’ or something on similar lines.
Pardon me, there is yet another choice. One can get up and do everything exactly how one did them yesterday or the day before…
I always believed that a new year is nature’s way of giving you an extra perspective – a formal chance to reflect and act. Technically, we can do this any other day too, but the New Year has a certain zing to it – it is as if the universe (along with its earth completing another revolution around the sun) forces us to pause and think, even if it is for a second – to think about oneself.
So reflect, ponder, think, plan, decide and the toughest of all – act on what you want, what you always wanted! The New Year gives you a strange sense of control – a feeling that the reins of your life are in your hands again.
It is not easy. One can be prone to treating the first day of the year as any other dreaded Monday morning – where the mere thought of an entire work week ahead is exhausting enough. And I agree that the thought of an entire year ahead can get rather intimidating.
But it doesn’t take much to go a step further – to go beyond resolutions and plans. To actually find that switch within you and turn it ‘on’; to nudge yourself and get that snowball rolling down the hill. That when the clock strikes 12, you smile and say to the world, “Here I am….again!”
The question remains, will you? Will you let this year be the same too? Will you let yourself be washed away by ‘time’?
It’s in your hands …. and we’ll know soon enough! People say, “happy new year”, I always add: “Here’s to another one!”
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