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Face Magazine of Acadiana

New Year, Same You

Jan 10, 2018 11:39AM ● By Caitlin Marshall

Let’s be brutally honest here; January 1st is no different of a day than December 31st. Just because you tack on a new number at the end of the year at midnight, doesn’t mean you’ve magically transformed into a new, motivated, healthier and happier person.

The reality is, New Year’s Day is no different than any other day of the year. The only real difference is the stigma that a new year calls for you to make massive physical and mental changes to yourself. My question for you is, why wait? Why start on January 1st when you could have just as easily started mid-March or August.

Everyone is guilty of making a New Year’s Resolution but within the first month, you’ve already broken it and are back to your habits of eating unhealthy and your weekly cheat day has turned into a whole week of cheat days. Many of us, after failing to keep up with the new healthy regime, give up completely rather than getting back on the horse and trying again. Changing your whole life’s routine on the flip of a dime is harder than people give it credit.

You are going to fail, you are going to miss a day at the gym, you are going to overeat yourself into a food coma, and you’re going to spend too much money on something you really don’t need. But that’s okay. You know why? Because tomorrow is another day.

January 1st always follows December 31st and Mondays happen every week, no matter how much you hate them.

You have 24 hours every single day to try and better yourself. You have 365 days in a year to try and make the “perfect you”. But not every hour of every day is going to be perfect, and you are going to have a bad day, a bad week, maybe even a month.

New Year’s Resolutions are nearly impossible to see to completion and often end in us feeling worse than beforehand. But that's okay because a change of date shouldn’t be what gets you moving and inspires you to do better. Your own self-love and desire to better yourself should be what motivates and fuels you day after day. Don’t let media and holiday propaganda trick you into thinking that “there’s always next year” after you break your resolution. Instead, think of it this way — there’s always tomorrow.