We have a little over 2 weeks left of 2015, which means we gotta start thinking about those resolutions. It’s that time of year where we look back at all we said we’d do (but didn’t) and look forward on all we hope to do (and actually might). Usually resolutions include being healthier, happier, and more independent. Get better grades, really try hard at that sport this time, not quit the play this time, stop being late to class and stop putting things off. Do better than before, right?
Yeah. No pressure or anything.
Let’s do this differently. Instead of trying to mold ourselves into perfect people once the ball drops, let’s take a second to honor 2015 for what it was and then shake it off.
Shake off the unreachable standards you gave yourself.
Shake off the heartbreak and let downs from your friends and family.
Shake off the idea that you should be prettier, funnier, smarter. Give yourself credit.
Shake of the negative self talk! You are enough.
Shake off the homework you didn’t turn in on time or the reading you forgot to do.
Shake off the anger. Dress up in some forgiveness.
Shake off the eyes that you have glued to my phone. Time to look up!
Shake off the feeling you need to have it all figured out by now “like everyone else.”
Shake off the need to impress. If you’re proud of you, that’s what matters most.
Shake off all the things you thought you failed at. It wasn’t failing; it was learning.
Shake off the pattern that you told yourself would never change. If you want it to, it will.
Shake off the 365 days that just went by, and make room for the next 365. What’s next?
Challenge: Write your own! What do you hope to shake off before 2015 ends? Enter 2016 with a clean slate, an open mind, and an open heart. I don’t plan on going to the gym every day or giving up ice cream any time soon. And I definitely don’t plan on getting it right all the time once the ball drops. But I do plan on making an effort to cut myself some slack, and to stop looking for things that are already in my life. Let 2016 be exactly what it needs to be, and trust that even if you mess up a few resolutions, every new day is a chance to get it right with yourself. You don’t need a new year to be a new and better version of who you wanna be.