I think it is common on New Years Eve that majority of people claim “this year is going to be my year”.
It’s refreshing to feel like you are completely starting over and you get 365 fresh, blank days to just start over and do things differently. Not to mention, you are a full year older and you have so many more experiences under your belt, and you’ve most definitely learned from at least some of your mistakes from the years that have now passed.
I have definitely fallen into the cliche and claimed that when the clock strikes midnight I am going to make this new year MY year multiple times in the past.
And I did it again this year.
But this year I can say with complete and utter confidence that 2016 is actually going to be my year.
Some of you might wonder how I can be so confident when it is only January 4th. Some of you might be shaking your head and setting bets on how long I will keep this act up before saying “screw it, i’ll try again in 2017”. And I bet some of you have just stopped reading, because lets be real here, this article has been written at least one thousand times by at least one thousand different people.
So why do I think that 2016 is going to be so different than all the years in the past?
To begin, in 2016 I will be 21 years old. That means that I will officially be a legal adult all around the world. I know that living in Canada I was technically deemed an adult at 18, but I was able to live in denial because I was still treated like a child in several different locations. However, this isn’t going to be the case for much longer.
This fact alone was a huge wake-up call for me. I am no longer a child. I can no longer hide away from adult responsibilities. Like it or not, 2016 means putting on my big-girl shoes and making my mark in the world. My time has come.
This means I have to start making time for the things that are important to me. And I need to start focusing my energy on the aspects in my life that are going to force me to grow and enhance my life. And that is exactly what I plan to do…
On January 1st I finally purchased my blog. I made the decision to invest in my writing. I stopped using wordpress’ free domain and limited options. I entered my credit card number and now am well on my way. I have my own domain, more storage, more options, and you can now officially find my writing through google. This might not seem like a huge deal to most people, but for me this was the first step in truly believing in my future and believing in myself.
2016 means investing in my goals and finally believing in myself.
At the end of 2015 I purchased my dream horse. I invested my money into a horse that will eventually help me reach my dreams. She is a big commitment, especially while going through university, but she will bring me one step closer to being able to do what I love. Not to mention she has the ability to release stress and increase happiness. So, even though my bank account sometimes complains, it really is a win-win situation.
2016 means taking time to focus on my dreams and do the things that make me happiest.
On January 2nd I emailed a company about an internship. Which is an opportunity that I never even considered because, lets face it, I am still in school and don’t have a diploma or bachelors of arts to back me up yet. But when I saw the information, I decided to email anyways, because the absolute worst thing that they can say is no and realistically being denied is just going to force me to grow more.
2016 means going out on a whim and not being scared of the outcome.
On January 4th (a.k.a today) I got a hand written letter from my university announcing that I won an english-deparment bursary. A bursary that I didn’t even apply for or know existed. Turns out that one of my professors from first year submitted one of my essays for consideration. And I won – against all other first year students that took an english class last year.
2016 means making connections with professors, professionals, and my peers.
I have so many plans for 2016.
I am not going to let the little things drag me down.
I am going to step up, man-up, and start making my mark on this world.
Bring it on, because I am ready.