There’s something about new beginnings. A blank page full of possibilities. Where past mistakes can be forgotten, hopefully not repeated. As you look forward to a better year, a better you. New hair, new shoes, new look. Renewed motivation to be healthier, to be smarter, to be kinder.
I went to the gym yesterday. As expected, there’s more people than usual. People who would want to shed out the guilt of overeating during the festive holiday season. Trying to lose weight for health reason is one thing but just to look great? Yeah, that could boost self-confidence and it’s proven how good-looking people seem to be more successful but this is also a reflection of how we haven’t progressed as a society from our fixation towards physical beauty.
The start of the year would be bombarded with self-promises and resolutions. Eventually, we realize it’s not going to happen and maybe hope we’ll get luckier the following year. Perhaps, resolutions are designed to be like that. After all, promises are made to be broken.
But I wish we could promise to embrace simplicity more. I’m glad I turned into a minimalist guy which I guess comes with me being an environmentalist. Life, for me, is better that way. I give away books I’ve read, clothes I’m not wearing, things I don’t use. And I seldom buy stuff. I try to stick to the essentials. Fewer stuff, lesser worries and more time to focus on important things.
It sure would be nice if other people think like me. But that would be boring now, isn’t it? I mean, if everyone’s the same. There’s a reason why we’re uniquely created as we are.
I was told I was boring once. That’s because I haven’t experienced getting drunk, or being in a relationship, or living dangerously. I’m not a goody two-shoes nor a prude. But I choose a less drama, more freedom kind of life. Not the kind of freedom where you do whatever you want regardless of consequence. I have self-control and self-discipline. That’s what separates us from animals giving in to instincts. At least that’s how I would want to live my life, anyway. And I accept that. If there’s one thing I have learned about life, it’s all about acceptance.
I accept myself as I am.
I accept that we are all different.
I accept that there are things that can’t be changed, things beyond my control.
I accept life’s unpredictability – whether something that happens is good or bad, we cannot really tell.
I accept that life goes on regardless of how I feel or the circumstance I’m in.
I accept that my limited understanding is beyond God’s wisdom.
I accept that I can be happy wherever I am.
May 2016 be kind to all of us!