Popping bottles, kissing loved ones (or strangers- I don't judge!), dancing until the early hours - I hope everyone had a smashing new years eve. Now all the new year, new me statuses are popping up. I'm no hypocrite, I've done my fair share of them in the past. Until I realised the last digit on my calendar changing doesn't mean I should too.
Everything in life is a choice. What you're gonna have for lunch, who you're gonna marry, where you're gonna live. It is down to you to choose. Sometimes it doesn't seem like we have a choice, or that one option is scarier than the other but there is always another option.
And the wonderful thing about choices, we can make them at anytime. It doesn't have to just be at the start of the year. We don't need confirmation from the calender to say 'yep, now you should quit your job and pursue your dream' or 'yep, now book that one way flight to Goa'. You can do it whenever you want! Isn't that incredible!?
I had no New Years Eve plans. I was working both New Years Eve and New Years day so planned to do a bit of yoga and get an early night. However due to a squiffy housing situation, friends of a friend put me up, they had a couple of pals round and we all sat, drank and chatted, discussing how much we had changed and all of our plans for our futures. Two were starting or had just started new jobs, a few were planning the cities of Europe they want to visit, another pair were discussing their plans to move to the city. I was surrounded by aspiration, hope and joy. Just before midnight we strolled up to Alexandra Palace, a bottle of Prosecco in hand, and watched the city erupt in colour and light. People played music from their cars stuck in traffic, someone set off roman candles on the pavement, the roads were full of life. So was I. I felt ready for anything.
But my choice to evolve had been made months before that. I decided to live a positive life back in the Spring, began relearning Spanish in November, I have a new job every couple of months, learning new skills and meeting new, incredible people. I wait for no man - I find ways to better myself whenever I feel life needs a shake up, not because its a leap year.
The world is full of spectacular opportunities. They won't just arrive on the first of each year or month, they could come out of nowhere or from weeks of planning. But when they do come, grasp them with both hands, breathe your unique way of life into them and enjoy every second. You don't need to be a 'new you', you right now is amazing and capable of anything. You may not see it now, you might not even realise it this year but when you do, live the life you want and love it.