Photography by Taylor Schroeder
2016 has come to a close and it is time to tie up loose ends, make some big decisions, and start fresh. The start of a new year means the start of another set of memories, decisions made, and people met. The second the clock strikes twelve and the year unfolds before you, is a chance to deal with everything that happened the year before. And although most of us will not change drastically in the new year, a lot of us will try to work on things that we handled incorrectly, people who we treated unfairly, and words that were probably best left unspoken to people who did not deserve to be spoken to.
Time after time, the new year feels like getting out of a cold shower: it is refreshing and clarifying, but it stills stings quite a bit. The new set of numbers on every calendar is scary, but comforting in the fact that you know that if you have made it this far, you are likely to survive another year. The new year is a chance to start fresh and presents itself in the form of forced change: a new life choice, new person, or new decision finds a way to block your path. The only way to get around it is to change yourself and your mindset and walk straight through it, making your way.
There are a lot of ways to make a change and start fresh in the new year. Whether it be your attitude, the way you solve problems and handle making decisions, or how you choose who deserves to be in your life. Being mindful of the way you act is an easy way to not repeat the same mistakes. These are my top tips for starting fresh in 2017:
1. Try to be present in the moment. Memories fade quite quickly, so try and take in the moments while they’re happening.
2. Take a good look at the people in your life. No matter how stubborn you are, bad people and bad friends will find a way to rub off on you, sometimes without you even noticing.
3. Take your time making decisions, but don’t mull over them. It is important to think long and hard about the decisions you make, especially if they will greatly impact you. Yet, getting worked up over what should be a simple task will only add stress to an otherwise fresh start.
4. Try something new. A new year is the perfect time to try something new. Whether it be skydiving, sushi, or a new career path, finding something new to enjoy is an easy way to make a year incredible.
5. "Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.” Listen to your friends, family, and strangers just to lend an ear, not with the intent to reply and prove a point. This will strengthen relationships and make you more patient.