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New Year… New Beginnings?

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Goodbye 2019 is on everyone’s lips. And as for 2020? It’s the year of ‘new beginnings and new hopes’- the time when you’re planning to chuck old habits away and transform yourself into someone better, isn’t it?

Here we are, waving goodbye to the bygone year, hoping 2020 would change our lives… hoping 2020 will bring in something so extravagant that its exuberance will engulf all sorrows of the years gone by. But the funny part is that we hoped for something similar just 52 weeks back. Did all that we hoped for in 2019 happen? For some lucky ones, it did. For others (including the author), nah, not so much! So does this mean that expecting new life-changing beginnings is nothing but a false hope? I would be called a hard-core pessimist if I said that the whole momentum attached with New Year- New You nothing more than a mere delusion.

Let’s look at it this way, it’s ‘New’ Year. When you get something new, your life starts a whole different story with it. You get a whole new year… imagine what stories you could write with it! Is 1st January much different from 31st December? It is! Reason? I’ll give you two. One, you’re given fresh 365 days to make the most of. There couldn’t be a better day to begin your favourite chapter of your book of life. Two, there’s a whole mystery ahead of you to unravel. Isn’t that exciting? You could make the most of it and have the memories that last a lifetime. There’s a popular joke attached to how people fail to keep up to their own New Year resolutions. But their value still doesn’t diminish, one still makes promises to oneself for the coming year. The reason is simple- even if we don’t follow those promises religiously (or don’t follow them at all, in most cases), the whole idea of making yourself someone you’ve always wanted to be has an enigma attached to it. The picture of you losing 10 pounds in 6 months, giving up smoking, going on a couple of vacations with your family, or even writing a book gives you thrill and joy. And that emotion is priceless.

So next time, when you fail to keep up with your resolutions, remember that there are a billion people sailing with you on the same ship. At least you tried. And even if you didn’t, there are a plenty of New Years yet to come. Yes, New Year’s Eve is a cliché. Yes, New Year’s Eve is over-rated. But it does promise you new beginnings- it does give you a fresh page to start writing a new story. So welcome the New Year with a new high (pun unintended)… because you never know what it may hold in store for you.


Arushi Pathak

Journalism has been called the “first rough draft of history”. D.U.B may be termed as the first rough draft of DU history. Freedom to Express.

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