The New Year is fast approaching and you know me, I’m not one to miss a chance to post about a clichéd, yet nuanced tradition!
But I’m going to give it to you straight, I don’t plan on becoming a “New Me” for the new year. I am in a constant state of transition. Every day I become a new me. Don’t you?
Every day a new thought pops into my head. Half the time they are absolutely ridiculous like, “If the Sanderson sisters had been dead for 300 years, how did they know exactly how to use a microphone for their epic ‘I Put a Spell On You’ dance number?” or “Italian sounds so much prettier than English- an Italian man could spend an hour describing a carrot to me and I will have already accepted his proposal, married him, and had his child in in my head in that time.” But you know, those are just the thoughts that keep me sane and giggling to myself in a corner. (That’s the definition of sane, right?)
In addition to those Einstein level realizations, I do have the occasional meaningful thought. One day I thought, “I want to help promote independent film and encourage aspiring film-makers to follow their dreams.” Want to know what happened? I created a successful film festival. And it’s great. (Rahway International Film Festival– check it out.)
My point is, every day will bring you new ideas and no one says that you have to wait until January 1st to make a move. (If they do, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.)
I will always be “me.” I am both the same and new. Every day brings something new- new lessons, new ideas, new plans, new skin cells…all that jazz. My values remain the same, my morals remain the same even as my hopes and dreams evolve.
Start today, start tomorrow, start in March, who cares. Start when you are ready to make a change. You don’t need to reinvent yourself for the new year. You should accept who you are and do everything in your power to become the best version of yourself that you can be – starting on any day that you damn well please.