New Year, New You?

wp-1483290035427.jpgI am sure you have had your fill of the ‘New Year, New Me’ proclamations but surely one more won’t hurt? That’s the spirit! Read on!

For some, 2016 was a great year and for others it was terrible times. We buy into the idea that a year will be for us or against us and so you hear people say things like ‘this year is my year!’ or ‘I’m glad to see the back of 2016!’.

New year resolutions are an effective way to give yourself a guilt free clean slate. For instance, most people start their diets or the gym in January and they are adamant they will be ripped the year after. On social media, many people are doing dry January to give their livers a break after the festive period. Other common resolutions are letting go of toxic people or trying to be a better individual. But why do we always wait until January to make these positive changes to our lifestyles?

Time is of course man made and based on the circadian rhythms of the earth. The first humans didn’t have any concept of time or age, they just lived until they died and survived in between knowing when dark came it meant sleep and when the sun rose it was time to find food. We are in a commercial age now where the year is planned for us by the governments and supermarkets and we are expected to take different action on each event i.e. dress up, buy presents, pray etc. New Year, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer holidays, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Birthdays. I am sure you can think of others but those right there pretty much structure the year for us and we just happily go along with it. It puts us in a never-ending cycle of expectation and if you don’t earn much, you may struggle to do anything else in the year, other than pay for these events that have ultimately been thrust upon you.


You must bear in mind that for the corrupt leaders of this world, it is much easier if our minds are occupied with these events. They seek to turn Christians and Muslims against one another. On TV, in magazines and on Instagram famous women wear less and less and enhance themselves more and more. It makes young women want to emulate them and they become less concerned with their brain power. Betting outlets and websites have increased at an alarming rate, as have porn websites. The young men of this world are susceptible to living in a virtual world where things like corrupt politics and unjustified bombings just go unnoticed. We live comfortable lives in the west whilst children starve in the east. Deforestation and climate change is hardly in the news these days yet they threat our very existence and the lives of animals…who have as much right to this earth as us. I could go on and on…

…the point I am getting to is this, if you want a new you in the new year, start living with your eyes open. If you can stop mistreatment or corruption then do it. If you can improve someone’s life by a small gesture do it. If you feel compassion and empathy for a stranger, tell them. Don’t be constrained and warped by a system forced upon you. If you don’t want to celebrate Christmas, you don’t have to! One thing thrine has learned this year is that love conquers all. Not love for your partner or family but love for humanity. It is time we stood up and took back our world. We may not see change for generations but the more we live with our eyes open and speak out against the evils of this world, the more chance the generations after us have of living in peace.


No doubt you may be thinking this was a little cheesy and preachy, however, it had to be said. If you live for humanity by showing kindness and understanding, even to the cruellest of people, you make a positive change. That positivity will come back to you one way or another and if not, you can smile because this year you helped someone other than yourself.


Author: Defined by Thrine

'The times they are a-changin' A passionate writer without an agenda History undergraduate Speak freely, listen intently #moreyinthanyang #healthydebates Enjoy...Defined by Thrine.

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