Explaining New Year’s to my 3 year old

January 1. The day that starts everything fresh. It’s a new year, and the hope of new beginnings.

This is the year I will lose weight. This is the year I will pay down debt. This is the year I’m going to take that vacation.

There is a sense of closure when the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops. Everything that happened in the previous year no longer matters. All of the sadness, the missed opportunities, and the regret are in the past. With the turning of a calendar page we put to rest every “what if”. They no longer matter. The can’t affect us anymore.

All of this stopped making sense when I tried to explain to my 3 year old that this was a new year.

We were sitting on the edge of my bed watching the sun come into the room. She fell asleep early and missed all of the festivities, so I was trying to explain it to her. I asked her if she knew this was a new year. She looked at me with a puzzled expression on her face.

I tried to explain that yesterday was one year and now we’ve started a new one, but nothing I could say was making sense. To her 3 year old mind, this was just another day.

That’s when I realized how much we have to learn from our children. Her attitude is exactly how we should look at things. This is why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work. It was just another day. Nothing special, nothing different, nothing magical.

Why wait for a particular date on a calendar to decide to change your life?

We don’t have to wait to let our past go and give us closure or to make a new chapter in our life. That opportunity is given to us every day when we wake up. Each night can be the end of the old and the promise of the new.

If you made vows to change today, good. Work on your goals. Chase your dreams. But if things change, if you want something else, you can make it happen any day.