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  • Gareth Ellis

New Year, New Me….is a myth

New Year, New Me.  That’s the old adage, isn’t it?

It means so much to so many people as they feel that a new year means that they can wipe the slate clean and make a new start. Whether that means a new diet, a new hobby or a new venture then people think it’s great. Except it isn’t, it’s lame.

Why should the moving of one day into another mean that somebody suddenly wants to reinvent themselves? Surely that doesn’t work throughout the year. Do people stop smoking as Wednesday moves into Thursday? Are there hosts of new people starting a new diet and eating healthy on a Tuesday? No there bloody isn’t. So why do people think that a new year instantly means you have to reinvent your life.

Here’s a tip, if you don’t like something in your life then change it. Don’t wait for a new year to bring out some tired cliché about how you’re going to give up smoking or eat healthier or try something new, just do it.

So many people right now are doing dry January and I really don’t understand it. Yes you drank a lot over Christmas but how was that so different to the other 51 weeks of the year you went out. Oh and FYI most of the people doing dry January would have failed. January started at 12am and I’m sure people didn’t throw their glasses of booze away as the clock struck to take us into 2018.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘Gareth that’s harsh’ and ‘The point of it is to not drink in January,’ but why go at something and try and achieve something when you’ve already failed from the outset.

What I mean is that people don’t need one day to make a change and that everyone reading this can make a difference to their own lives. You don’t need the 1st of January and you don’t need a ‘resolution’.

If you want to diet then put down the cake, if you want to stop drinking then don’t order a beer and if you want to try something new then get off your arse and do it.

Nothing in this life is ever given to you, if you want to make a difference then you have to make a change now. Just because you’re reading this today doesn’t mean you have to wait for the start of a week to do something.

Unless you read this on a Monday, then that’s a different story.

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