I recently saw on a friend’s (Renae) social media stories that it was taking her some time to fully get into the new year and begin to do the thing she needed to do. Her words resonated with me as I was saying much of the same to family, friends and colleagues.
Imagine with me for a moment, you are by the pool, you will notice there are individuals who are divers, they dive right into the pool. While to your left are some individuals who take the time to dip their feet into the water before taking their time to ease their way in one step at a time. Then, there is another group who never goes into the pool at all but enjoys its view from a distance… There are other variations of people you will see that fit somewhere in between the divers and viewers.
Some people dive into the new, equipped and ready to go! While others, even though they are equipped do not dive in but instead, take their time to ease their way into the new year. There are some who truly do not feel ready for the new year, as they try to navigate through the things they are left to complete from the year before. Some do not feel accomplished enough to begin the new year as they imagined. .. oh the pressure….the darn pressure! …the self imposed pressure!… the pressure imposed by others!…pressure, pressure… what if?……
What if we took the pressure off?… The year on the calendar changes but for many people, their circumstances remain the same.. which could be good or bad… we put so much pressure on the new year being “new” that we loose sight of the moment.. take care of the moment.. live in it… be in it…Take the pressure off, your mental health will be healthier if you do….If you were one who dived into the new year, good for you! If you are one who is taking your time to ease into the new year, good for you!… ain’t nothing wrong with slow and steady!