Adios, 2015.

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Sorland
Courtesy of Calvin and Hobbes

New Years, and New Years Resolutions, get a really bad rep.

For many, the champagne, the sequined outfits, the cheap glasses with the upcoming year strangely molded on them (oh you know what I’m talking about) is downright superficial. The global and personal examples of failed New Years Resolutions attempts don’t seem to help make this holiday more credible.

And you know, today may feel like any other day, and perhaps the only tangible thing that will happen come tomorrow is that I’ll have to consciously remind myself from here on out to write 2016 instead of 2015 as the date on all of my papers (so help me God), but I still have ideas and plans for the New Year (hopefully fitting with what God has in store).

Because friends, New Years isn’t as terrible and deplete of meaning as we make it out to be.

Humor me.

Stop rolling your eyes, and hear me out.

New Years, and the feelings it evokes, particularly nostalgia and reflection, if felt and explored, give us a deeper insight into our character and our dreams. Sayings such as, “This year, I want to lose weight” or “This year I want to be happy”, “This year I’ll help others more” provide the foundation to ask ourselves, “Why?”

Why do I want to lose weight? Why do I want to “be happy”? What does happiness look like to me? Why am I not happy now? Why do I want to help others? How can I help others? How can my profession/passions help others?

Thoughts that we tend to ignore in our overworking, seldom-reflecting culture come out and play in our conscious. We try to understand the cause for all of our actions/inactions.

The beginning quote,

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Sorland

mentions a “going on.”

The mistakes, the setbacks, the progress, the victories are all a part of this thing called Life. We can’t change what has happened in 2015 (let’s face it, it wasn’t the best year in many areas), but we can only try to let the lessons we learned help make 2016 even better.

We are continuous secondary successions. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” -2nd Corinthians 4:16

And you know, deep inside, the idea of having a fresh, easily counted 365 days to grow is exciting. New Years Resolutions don’t have to immediately start on Jan. 1st 2016. It’s a new year! Plan it out for when it works best for you.

And you want to know how to make New Years, and your New Years Resolutions feel a bit more attainable?

“Don’t tell people your plans. Show them your results.”

Celebrate tonight (responsibly!).

And welcome 2016 with open arms, because ladies and gents, even if you hate New Years, even if you won’t bring yourself to make any New Years Resolutions, let’s just celebrate the fact that our planet successfully revolved around the Sun and didn’t suddenly float out into the galaxy causing the end of all mankind.

Peace, love, and prayers,