As I write this, 2018 is a few days away. Another new year is about to start. Everyone has their own attitude to the start of a new year. Some are excited about it, some make resolutions to do better, others welcome whatever the year brings and are willing to learn from the mistakes they will inevitably make. There are those who dread New Year and there are some who have a neutral attitude.
Yay, it's a new year Some anticipate new, perhaps exciting things with the start of another year. Rainer Maria Rilke, the Bohemian Austrian novelist and poet who lived from 1875 to 1926 said, 'And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.'
'New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change,' says author, public speaker and philanthropist Sarah Ban Breathnach.
A new year can be full of possibilities. Approaching it in a positive way makes it more likely you will attract good experiences into your life. Yes, there will be some negative events no matter how positive you are but expecting the worst certainly doesn't make things better.
Some celebrate the new year, eager to see what it will bring Courtesy of Pixabay
A time for resolutions Self help author, Melody Beattie says, 'Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.'
Some people make resolutions which involve supporting and helping those around them. This approach is encourages by Goran Persson (past prime minister of Sweden) who said, 'Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.'
Plenty of people make new year's resolutions involving some form of 'self improvement'. Many fail to stick to these resolutions but are willing to try again the next year.
Losing weight is an all too familiar resolution. Courtesy of Pixabay
A chance to get it right Some people see each new year as the time to reflect on the past and make plans and goals for the year ahead. They may be aiming at self improvement and aspire to make fewer mistakes, to get it right this year.
Oprah Winfrey expressed this idea when she said, “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
Don't fear making mistakes this year Some people aren't so concerned with getting it right, they just want to live life.
In the words of Neil Gaiman, “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
I really like that quote. To be given permission to make mistakes is liberating, much better than being told one has to be perfect.
It's just another day Some people just treat the start of a new year with a neutral attitude. 'I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years,' said English artist, Henry Moore.
American author and journalist, Hal Borland said, 'Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. '
What's your attitude to the end of one year and the start of the next?