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"New Year, Same Me"

New Year’s Eve is upon us once again. While the beginning of the year is a great time to start fresh and jump into a new routine; it’s also the most difficult time as well. You can’t expect to completely change your behaviors and way of thinking overnight. If it were that easy, the concept of a resolution would be completely obsolete. Things take time, and you have to work on the goals you set for the new year long before January 1st. That’s not to say you won’t accomplish those goals any sooner or later than you planned, but going in with a battle plan makes the job much easier.

I’m a planner and I won’t start a new goal or make a move without weighing the pros and cons multiple times. While it helps me make the most informed decision, it also drives me in circles and I end up talking myself out of my best ideas. The biggest lesson I learned in 2017 by far is nothing ever goes exactly as planned and you have to be ok with that sometimes. It’s fine to leave baggage and tainted relationships in the past when moving forward into a new year; but what good does that do if you don’t learn lessons from those things? If you don’t grow from the trials, struggles, setbacks, and downfalls then you might as well keep falling baby. The hardest part about failing is knowing that you failed and seeing where you went wrong after the fact. Hindsight truly is 20/20. 

As humans, we don’t like to struggle. Most of us have struggled all our lives in some way whether financially, physically or otherwise. As a young, black male in this country I shouldn’t succeed in life, statistically speaking. BUT, I still have to get up every day and try and believe that I can rise above all the adversities and obstacles in my way. What good is a dream if it stays in your head? Might as well be dead.

I acknowledge that I’m not perfect. I’ve never been very good at resolutions mainly because my goals and focus change as the year progresses. They end up feeling more like a chore than something I look forward to accomplishing. The one thing I will resolve however is that I’m done making excuses and limiting myself. I know exactly what I want to do with my life, where I want to be, and who I want to become. I know that I’m the only one standing in my way and I refuse to do so any longer. I’m still going to be the same crazy, shady, over-analyzing, goofy-ass, eclectic me that I’ve been my whole life, just a better version. That’s all I can ask for and that’s what I’ll strive for this year and years to come. I hope you will too.

Here’s to a great year!

Here's to a great year!

- Sincerely, D.A.K.A


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