With the Mayan Calendar ending on Dec. 21, 2012, for some, the idea we would all still be here for the year 2013 was unthinkable. But if you are reading this, then it is proof we made it.
So happy 2013 — everyone deserves a pat on the back for making it through a very interesting year. We witnessed our federal politicians maneuvering to avoid the fiscal cliff following a heated election that nearly divided the country, countless fatalities to senseless murder-suicides that no one will ever be able to make sense of; the voice behind the iconic red friend Elmo being denounced as a sex offender, and people are still facing a very uncertain economy.
Now that the champagne and sparkling grape juice have gone flat, the midnight resolutions have been broken or kept it is time for a fresh start. Even without the drop of an extravagant ball in Times Square people can still mark the beginning of a new phase, or the end of a bad habit to improve their lives.
According to a study by USA.gov, the typical new years resolutions include:
• Drink less alcohol
• Eat healthy food
• Get a better education
• Get a better job
• Get fit
• Lose weight
• Manage debt
• Manage stress
• Quit smoking
• Reduce, reuse, and recycle
• Save money
• Take a trip
• Volunteer to help others
As the cliche goes, every journey begins with a single step. Accomplishing goals and regaining happiness and fulfillment in your life can be achieved in the same way.
To loose those extra pounds get out and start a new morning routine of walking to the coffee shop. To drink or smoke less the steps to breaking the habits and addictions can be deep rooted and tricky. Find what works for you. Find a way to take your mind off of it and talk to people who have gone through it before. Chances are you aren’t the first to have troubles, so it is alright to ask for help.
Our social habits and associations, as much as our eating, drinking, and exercise patterns, can be just as much an anchor against progress. If the friends you have surrounded yourself with for years seem to be standing still while you try to move forward it’s okay to separate yourself from them. In life, not everything and everyone we attach ourselves to should be permanent attachments. Don’t be afraid to go to new places and don’t be afraid to learn new things.
The symbolism behind the new year is in the title: new. Human beings are forever growing and you need to create a life for yourself to facilitate growth.
Looking back again there were many positives to 2012. Nationally our president was elected to serve a second term, the U.S. teams and athletes won 104 metals during the Summer Olympics in London. Regionally an Elizabethtown youth Connor Marvin, who suffered from a rare inherited heart condition, received a heart transplant and a new chance at life.
While there is no Mayan calendar extending into 2013, the year is sure to bring plenty of positives — just as it is sure to unfortunately have its negatives.
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