New Year, Better Me
I look at 2018 as many of us look upon an upcoming year—as a chance at redemption. A chance to get it right *this time.*
When thinking about 2017, I easily slipped into overanalyzing all of my mistakes and failures. I mourned the loss of opportunities and grew critical regarding missed deadlines. In my fury, I created list after list, goal after goal. Deadline after deadline. I was so anxious to attempt to be a new me that I forgot to slow down and celebrate the small and big wins I did have in 2017.
- My siblings and I surprised our mom with a trip to Hawaii.
- My work was featured!
- I was able to participate in the #ilovePBS impact campaign
There will always be room for growth, and it’s okay to look back on the past year and recognize our failures. We can and should hold ourselves accountable for our mistakes. Nevertheless, we must also celebrate our successes and take pride in our accomplishments and progress.
Instead of trying to be a completely different person—a new me—I’m committing to being a better me. A better me to my students, my partner, my clients, my family, but most of all, myself. I plan to cheer for myself for every step that I take, so small stumbles aren’t seen as monumental setbacks.
I will look back, take what I need to grow, and press forward. I hope, my friend, that you will do the same.
Here’s to a new year being our best selves!
“Unstoppable (FKJ Remix)” by Lianne La Havas
“Optimistic” by Sounds of Blackness