On a wave of ‘new year, new me’ Facebook statuses and blog posts that will inevitably be making the rounds today, I’m reluctant to hit the publish button on my own post.
Now whilst I don’t necessarily believe that a new year needs to be accompanied by a new me (or a new you for that matter), I do believe in growth. Growing to become a better human, to myself and to others.
2016 taught me that I’m enough, I don’t need to revamp into someone new for 2017 because I’m enough.
It’s a lesson I’m still learning, and I have a long way to go but after years of battling with my internal monologue, I’m so grateful to the people who helped me realise that. The colleague who I always thought didn’t think much of me who told me I’m the nicest person he’s ever met, the guy I went on a date with who told me in so many words that I’m more than enough, and the manager who told me I made him think more clearly (among many other lovely compliments), and that I’m good at my job.
These little things might not seem like much but they told me I have value in this world … something that I often forgot in between a sea of job rejections, and men thinking I was only as good as second best.
I’m by no means perfect, but I needed this journey that last year took me. And that’s why I won’t give into this ‘new year, new me’ bollocks. And neither should you. Unless you’re a cold-blooded psychopath of course. But let go of the weight that’s dragging you down. You do you.
Bring on this new chapter, and by December 2017, let’s see how far we’ve all come.