The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time because it may seem like a fresh start. All the mistakes, the lost friendships, and maybe even some broken hearts can all be left behind, right? Well, it might not seem that easy.
Personally, 2017 was not my best year. I met some pretty great friends; however, I lost some as well. One too many mistakes were made, and I slacked in school (something that I never do). I definitely think some of my lowest times were during 2017, but life for me is just beginning. Instead of dwelling on the past, why not just move forward with excitement on what might happen next.
With the start of 2018, I see this year being one of the best. I have some of the greatest friends, I just started an internship for a magazine, I am learning to truly love myself, and I have discovered some pretty amazing hobbies. It’s only been 17 days since the start of the new year, but having a positive outlook truly makes a difference in your everyday lifestyle.
So if you are like me and maybe did not have your best year in 2017, don’t worry because you still have a little under 365 days to make this year remarkable. Take some time and figure out what makes you happy. Find a new hobby or two or five. Most importantly, leave the past in the past. Maybe someone hurt your feelings, maybe you got dumped, or maybe you still haven’t found your niche. However, a statement I refuse to give up on is everything happens for a reason. Your life may seem to be at a low point, but I guarantee there is something so much better just around the corner (too cheesy? ok i’ll stop).
So here’s to a new year and here’s to new opportunities. I like to think that everyone deserves a second chance, and that’s exactly why we celebrate New Year’s with champagne, balloons, and confetti. It is such an exciting time knowing you have so much to look forward to. 2018 will be filled with new adventures, opportunities, and definitely the same amazing friends.
I challenge whoever may be reading this to look at this new year with a positive outlook. Don’t be afraid to rock the beanie or whatever piece of clothing it may be. Find a new or old hobby, eliminate any negative relationships, and focus on what truly makes you happy.