I'm writing this on the 1 January, 2017 at 20:41pm. I've spent the past couple of minutes scrolling through Facebook and Instagram where some of my acquaintances, friends and family are wishing each other 'Happy New Year' while simultaneously complaining how much 2016 sucked for the millionth time. You're right, 2016 sucked for loads of us, myself included. Trust me, I totally feel you if you think 2016 was a messed up year, in fact, it was so bad there was a meme where someone wrote '2016 needs to be put in a bowl of rice'. So yes, it was shit - but there were also good things that happened, and remember that as you head into the New Year.
It's 2017, and I'm going to sound harsh when I say this, but I think many people wait far too long in order to do or achieve something. We do this by coming up with excuses - wait for Fridays to have a good time, for Summer to begin exercising, New Year to do all the things we've wanted to do for a while - and for what? I suppose it's easier to procrastinate and say "I'll do it soon." because many people lack motivation. This isn't because we don't have goals, or a desire to achieve them, but because sometimes we just don't know where to start or even how to start, which is perfectly okay. What isn't okay, is sitting back and complaining about how "my life is so boring" or "I'm so unfit", especially if you have the power to change whatever "problem" you may have. What's even worse is if you proceed to hate or become jealous of someone else for reaching a goal you want to accomplish. You CAN be that person too.
New Year is full of possibilities. Whatever you want to do, you can, no matter how cliché that might sound. Write your goals out, plan them into existence and work at them quietly until you achieve them. If you want to become fitter, sign up for a gym contract and try your best to stick to it. If you can't go to a gym for whatever reason, you can download 30 Day Challenges on your phone for free, run for 20 minutes a day or search Youtube for quick fitness videos. Same goes for eating healthier or even saving money. You'll save a lot more if you buy what you need and then some, instead of splurging on things you might not really have the money for. So, declutter. Keep what you need and get rid of the rest. This can be a negative person, people who you don't really want to follow on social media but feel obliged to, an article of clothing, whatever. Create a mental and physical environment that will allow room for growth. A place to nourish your talents, to improve on your weaknesses and to polish your strengths.
This year, I encourage you practice being your true, authentic self. Every year you might be one of those people that say "this year is my year", but how often has that been the case? Be selfish - do what you want to do, say no to things that make you unhappy, raise your voice in situations which you think are unfair. I say New Year, Better You because sometimes people think that New Year, New Me equals changing every facet of yourself; attitude, clothes, physical appearance. Whilst that can apply, you don't need to completely be a new person, in my opinion. You're great just the way you are, but stepping out of your comfort zone a little bit, going outside more and taking the time to do things you want to do, will greatly improve your wellbeing. Go ahead. Actually make this your year. Become the person you've always wanted to be. It's all up to you. You are your only obstacle.