No matter how long or how far you have traveled in the wrong direction…

No matter how long or how far you have traveled in the wrong direction…

…you can always start a new journey from wherever you are.

It’s the beginning of a new year. 2022. And all over social media, I’m seeing a lot of “New Year, New You” stuff.

But the thing is, you are not new. Nor should you really strive to be. You are precisely you. An amalgam of adventures and thoughts and personality that is unique to your lived life.

And that’s WONDERFUL.

Because you don’t have to start over. You have so much experience to draw from.

I saw one post that said:

“No matter how long or how far you have traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around.”

And I hate it.

Because to me, it’s a waste fo time to retrace your steps. To try to go back to where you were. You can’t. You are not the same person who stood at that crossroads before, and you cannot stand in the exact same spot again.

But you CAN go forward in a new direction. You can change how you travel and who you travel with. You can choose a new perspective. You can take a different opportunity. You can try a new attitude.

And still take all that you have learned, everything you have worked for, all the mistakes you’ve made, with you to make your new choices even better.

Or, at least, that’s how I look at it.

What are your thoughts?

Are you taking a new path moving forward? Changing something you want to change? Making more (or less) of yourself this year, using every fucking moment you’ve had given to you to do it the best you can?

Or maybe you’d prefer to erase, to forget—to relive without those painful experiences? That’s fair, too. I hope you find that option in your life, and that it works for you like you hope it will.

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