To be honest, 2016 has left a lot to be desired.
As we welcome in a New Year, take the opportunity to reflect on all of your personal achievements from the past year.
Personally 2016 was a great year for me: I graduated with a degree in Film and Media, I went on to begin my Masters and even bought a new car (an improvement from my old rust-bucket!). It was also the year that The Raving Gecko was founded.
As bad as things were globally, it’s the personal achievements that matter.
Many people scoff at the notion of a ‘New Year, New You’ but, if nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to grant yourselves a clean slate, psychologically, as well as chronologically, in order to realign your perspective on life.
Let 2017 be your year.
Stop worrying so much about what others think: take care of yourself. Don’t compare yourself to other people so often: things will happen in their own time. If an opportunity arises, why not say yes for once? Be spontaneous, you can work out the rest later.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.
You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something…
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” — Neil Gaiman
However you’re welcoming the New Year this evening, I hope you’re surrounded by friends and family with a drink in your hand and a smile on your face.
Take care and have a truly awesome New Year.
I’ll see you in 2017.