Life is funny. Every now and then, I run into people, things or circumstances that make for my self improvement agenda. Although I am not a die-hard fan of new year resolutions, I find new year to be an effective time cut-off for starting something new.
Will year 2014 be any different? I am going to implement yet another self-improvement plan which will (hopefully) see a better me on the other side. Its going to be different in 2014 not because of any astrological implications (though there could be some) but because last year has been very eventful. The year gone by has brought me peace and calm I have not felt in a very long time. I feel settled and confident in myself. And yes, it was actually the self-improvement agenda of 2013, though I was not sure of achieving it without immense luck. I am glad I could find my gold pot of luck, enabling me to enter 2014 as a healthier, happier and a stronger person.
The key learning of all trials and turbulence of year-gone by is that most important thing is to be able to start all over again. We all like to dwell on past sufferings and pains, thinking ourselves as being the ultimate victims of play of destiny. Each one of us like to label ourselves as most unfortunate of all human race no matter what our possessions are. While some are genuinely unfortunate and others fake it, there is always an opportunity to start all over again at every turn of life. And when we are able to get over the self-pity syndrome, there are cobwebs of being too early or late to make a new beginning. Then, there are people who shrink their nose at the idea of us changing into someone more empowered, more confident or more contented. There are people who remind you how convenient you were as your old-self, fitting in their grand scheme of things. They will remind you of their affection, friendship or sacrifice (could be real or fake).
But, at the end of the day, self-improvement has “self” in it for a reason. It should solely be for your own self. And the people who genuinely care for you will still be with you even if they are not sure of the process, hurdles and results of this new start as they know that they will always be a part of your life, whether changed or not.
As I welcome 2014, I hope to keeping running into circumstances which make me feel small and provide for my self-improvement plan at the same time. I hope to have the set of people who are willing to be on my side in my continued process of self-discovery.
I hope the new year to give me patience and tolerance to start “another start all over again.”
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you.I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.