“To be or not to be, that is the question” (William Shakespeare)
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” (Audrey Hepburn)
We often begin the year with such inspirational quotes. A lot of hope rests in a new beginning. A chance to wipe the slate clean. I am yet to go a whole month without hearing the question ‘So what’s your new year’s resolution?’
This week’s article is a continuation of Chef my Omelette where I urged you to be aware of the things that you needed in your kitchen to cook a simple happy life for yourself. I also promised that I would attempt to give tips on mental health. Let me try in my ‘non-expert’ fashion.
A new year = the promise of a new body. True or false? If you have not done anything throughout the previous year to attain your new body, then the new year has other plans for you. What I’m trying to say is, if you aren’t intentional in what you do throughout the year, there’s no need to put pressure on attaining all of it in one month. Part of a healthy mental life is having a healthy physical life. You were made to move. You were made to improve. Your body is capable of much more than you allow it to do. Disclaimer, be wise and conscious of the need for medical guidance in this world of physical activity.
A new year = a new me. True or false? We are always changing. No need to put pressure on one month. Yes you can take decisive action in the new year, however, that decisive action has to be repeated in the following 11 months. Taking some time to know and grow yourself is important. I believe that you cannot pour from an empty cup. Therefore, you must ask yourself, what is it that fills your cup? You will be much happier when you look after yourself. Fill your cup!
A new year = new friends. This holds true for the whole year and not just one month. You need to constantly evaluate your circles. When growing up, we are always told ‘choose your friends wisely’. As a child, you see it to be a nuisance. As you grow however, you discover the wisdom in that nugget.
The new year offers a time for reboot, however, it also offers a time for repeat.
Let me stop here before I add a few more quotes! There is so much more that can be said, however, I hope I have captured what I think is the core.
So, is it a reboot or a repeat?