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Unsubscribing to the ‘new year, new you’ mentality

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We all know that when January 2023 rolls around, most Instagram captions will be ‘new year, new me,’ but you must simply dismiss that narrative, and here’s why:

New means beginning again; it refers to something that did not exist previously or is being invented at the time.

Oxford defines new as “not previously existing; recently made, invented, introduced, etc.” New Year, new you literally means starting the year as a brand-new person.

I’m not sure what you think, but that sounds odd to me. Who would I be if I started the year completely unaffected by my past? And what in the world would make me throw away all of the experiences I have had?

Rather than wishing to erase who you are and where you are, you should continue from there, embracing what you have accomplished thus far.

You should celebrate your small victories while also learning from your mistakes and failures along the way.

Your experiences are your best allies; they help you grow in unexpected ways; you should then continue from where you are and start all over again.

Most of the time, we focus on the negative side of things rather than the positive. We focus on the negative aspects of our lives rather than the positive aspects; we focus on failures rather than victories.

But you must remember everything you have been through, how you got to where you are now, and how much stronger you have become as a result of everything you have had to deal with.

We seem to want to start the year over only when the previous one was less than satisfactory. But that is precisely the time to start digging! When have you seen yourself grow stronger in your life?

You should bring that person into the new year, the person who has grown, the person who has survived, and the person who has learned.

It would be nearly impossible to create a masterpiece if you had to start over every time. The “new year, new you” philosophy dismisses the beauty of your journey, of running with failure.

Straight out of Twitter