By Janeeka Raymond
It's 2015! Time for new year resolutions, new goals, and new mind sets for some. People often see the new year as their "restart button" and almost in a sense it is. There is so much pressure to do more and be better for the new year and sometimes you just need to realize that a new year can equally me the same you with new opportunities.
As I just graduated from college and celebrated my 22nd birthday all within a month time, I'm experiencing more changes than I ever have in my life and I'm starting I realize that that's okay. I learned that college and people expected very few things from you. Either you get a job or you continue your education for higher learning after you graduate. Very rarely are you told to be happy and take you time. In a world where we are so pressed for time...but why? What do we miss if we take an hour to walk around a park instead of checking emails, phone calls, or social media? Why do we look down upon those who want to take a year off to travel the world or can simply say they don't know what they want to do. I learned quickly this new year with only 17 days in that people many have an idea of what they want out of their lives but are technically just winging it till they become content. The phrase "Fake it until you make it" comes to mind. This year and what I hope for everyone is to be no only happy but pleased with I choose to do with my life. This new year will definitely bring more opportunities to me that hopefully continue to open my eyes to just how amazing this world can be. I plan to continue to travel, to get my first real full time job, to began a new career path, and finally to accept even if none of those goals happen to be please with any progress that is made.
You hear this time and time again "do want you enjoy" and "live your life how you please". These words are easily said than done but how about for this new year we CHOOSE to make it happen.
Though I truly had an amazing college career, I found myself setting and accomplishing goals that were in hindsight for other people. Not things I was genuinely interested in. But as I continue on my life I want have the ONLY front row seat to my life. And at the end of the day smile at the woman who stands in front of my mirror.
It's 2015! Be able to be pleased with the person you are today and who you will be at the end of the year. Make goals and plans for things you truly enjoy. And take every opportunity to smile in this world.