“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” - C.S. Lewis
As this year comes to a close, it is natural to reflect upon what has transpired and what is to come. It has been a long year, filled with obstacles and achievements. Looking back, it’s easy to see the high and low points, which decisions were made in haste, and which ones can be looked back on with happiness.
I have always believed that regrets are a waste, what is done and done and mistakes are simply life lessons. Looking back at 2012, there are many things I can say I have failed at, many mistakes I have made, and many poor choices.
But as 2013 looms ahead, it is the chance for a new beginning. We can’t live in the past; we can’t dwell on what has hindered us. 2013 is an opportunity not only for a new year but a new you. Our present defines us, not our past. The choices we make and the way we feel about ourselves today are what will shape the events of tomorrow. Yes, there are some things beyond our reach and out of our control, but we can’t look at it that way. We can’t live our lives in what ifs or second guessing.
I most definitely have encountered my share of good and bad this year. I’ve faced a lot of setbacks, dealt a lot with self-doubt, and realized that I’m strong enough to handle it all. Now, it’s a fair statement for me to say I have changed a lot in 2012, for the better. Still, there are a lot of things I am striving to work on and aiming to accomplish. Sometimes I fear that my history is destined to repeat, that the same downfalls and shortcomings that I have encountered in past years is going to come into play for the new one.
But I’ve realized that things change by choice, not by chance. If I want a great new year, if I want to conquer my resolutions and get everything I want, I have to work for it, I have to believe I deserve it, and above all, I have to have faith. For me, it’s a tricky concept, one that has proven to unfold over time. Beyond my self-doubt, skepticism, and fear of the unknown, I believe that limits are only in the mind, and you can achieve everything with the right attitude.
Call me cheesy, but I truly believe that we all can have a great 2013. So when you’re contemplating potential New Year’s resolutions or thinking about your past decisions, I hope you’ll join me and have faith that the best is yet to come.