An entire new year. What possibilities will the next 365 days bring? The next 10 years?
The new year always fills me with possibility… and a little bit of dread and pragmatism. After all, I’m not new to this rodeo. There’s the initial excitement of planning all of the new things that I’ll do and be in the new year. I’ve made resolutions. Chosen words that are supposed to define and center my year. But I rarely follow through with them after a few days or a few weeks. Life gets in the way and I end up being the same person with the same habits and flaws in the new year that I was in the last.
Maybe you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Something always comes up. The resolutions go by the wayside. The words go out the window. The intentionality that we start the year seems to fade away by February. A PCS or deployment happens. A kid ends up in the hospital. There are permission forms to sign and rent checks to send and suddenly it’s June and the new year doesn’t feel so new. It feels worn in and we feel worn down. And there are birthday presents to buy and vacations to plan and jobs to interview for and then it’s October.
And it seems like nothing has changed from year to year.
Bu I think that there really is power in choosing a word (and maybe even a resolution, too). Even if it’s hard to stay focused the whole year. Even if that resolution doesn’t seem to be practical by March
This year, I’m going to be optimistic and plan my resolutions and my words and my habits and really try this time around. Because it is a new year. And what do we have if we are not optimistic and hoping for something better? We need the new year and a clean slate, even if we know it won’t stay so new and shiny and produce a brand new us.
If you’re thinking about having a word for this brand new year, here are a few examples to get you reflecting on the past year and thinking forward:
Start your new year off right:
- 5 Ways to Make Your Military Life Better in the New Year
- Powerful Resolutions for Military Spouses (That Will Last Past January 1!)
- 46 Deployment Bucket List Goals for the New Year
- 5 Things Military Spouses Are Not Doing This Year