Reflect In 2014

Photo by Sean MacEntee (Creative Commons)
Photo by Sean MacEntee (Creative Commons)

Years are weird things. For most people, December 31st and January 1st do not feel fundamentally different from each other. They’re like two states that aren’t separated by a river; you wouldn’t realize the change if no one told told you about it.

That’s why you need to put a sign in the ground, to acknowledge you are entering a new time, a block of 365 days that will be defined by different events than the last, in your life and in the world as a whole. And if you ask me, the best way to do this is by taking a step back and reflecting.

How have things been going? Are you satisfied with your trajectory, career-wise and life-wise? What’s been going well? What hasn’t been? These are the questions you should be asking yourself in the next few days.

Now, if you’re a student, this might seem kind of like an arbitrary time for introspection. In the student world, a year is a continent surrounded on both sides by an ocean known as summer. The New Year feels like a little blip somewhere in the middle. It’s like a special Friday that maybe comes in the middle of the week.

But sometimes when you’re in the middle of something is the best time to step back. School’s not over yet. There’s still time, even if it’s only a little bit, to do things differently, to change your plans just slightly in order to direct yourself towards happiness. They say, don’t change horses mid stream, and that makes sense. But that’s not what I’m telling you to to do. I’m telling you to stop for a minute, look around, and ask yourself, is this even a stream I want to be in?

In short, don’t just let the New Year be another fun night followed by a lot of mistakes whenever you have to write down the date. Take a breather, step back, think about where you’re going, and think about where you’ve come from.

I’ll be back to talk about making progress later this week or early next year, whichever way you want to think about it.

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