2018 // Let's Make Opportunities This Year


Happy 2018, friends! Like the Greek god Janus, whose two heads see the past and present (thus birthing the name of January), I look out to a crossroad. This is the year I graduate high school, turn eighteen, and leave most of what I know behind the receive a taste of adulthood, however bittersweet it may be. By bittersweet, the reference is to coffee’s taste, which for some reason I’ve always fantasized to turn from the scourge of life to the revered grail when I automatically turned eighteen.

Perhaps sweetener would suffice the taste?

I’ve grown to now know every year is just a stepping stone. Every opportunity whirls our current selves into a dance towards or away the person we want to become, and each time I enter another adventure, I learn more about myself. For instance, I’ve learned ballet stretches do help strengthen one’s ankle, spray glue does not allow large sheets of paper to stick to a surface especially when applied on a balmy yet windy day, and a person can rise back if they tried impeccably hard, as I’ve learned through my journey of understanding integrals, derivatives, and integration by parts. I look at past opportunities, especially the ones I could not undergo for various, yet mostly family centric, reasons. It’s comforting to know the future constantly wavering depending on the choices we make and to know numerous opportunities will present themselves.



This is how many individuals think, too. “New year, new me!” Substitute year with another period and scenario—school, job—and what is left is an idealistic promise towards a complete rebranding from the bricks. This is highly unrealistic for a plethora of reasons. First, rebranding a person from scratch takes a numerous amount of effort and to wipe away an entire history of built growth. Growth for the number of years a person has been alive takes time to rebuild. It is a continual construction of a building. Secondly, thinking change can happen overnight is extremely rare (unless you are a diligent planner with organizational skills clipped to perfection, in which case, I applaud you). My younger, middle school self from 2013 would fall to these pitfalls, but out of all the questions, the most blaring one has not been asked:

Why must we wait for a New Year for us to accomplish the things we want to accomplish?

I understand the novelty of new is appealing and comforting. It is comforting to turn from the previous year and to another year, because it is a whiff of fresh air with the comforting warmth of simply being mistake-free. A part of me would like to revel in another week of break prior to starting the second semester as most of my mistakes revolve around awkward musings I make in front of classes and tripping up the stairs to get to my locker in the mornings. I also think one of the enticing features of the word “new” is it is the beginning of a brand new chapter, and while it is in a sense, not everything starts off in the new year.

If so, most start-ups and ideas would consistently occur on January 1st, and no matter how incredible it would be to swim in fields of opportunity, it would be overwhelming.


In my previous post, I mentioned how 2017 was defined by calculus, and because of this one subject I’ve grown in a huge amount of ways (hopefully for the better). I won’t go in depth about the details due to it being a private and ongoing journey, but a change called itself to my attention in the middle of July. After sending several emails and prepping myself for the new school year, I told myself I would be ready to tackle on the brute force known as Calculus BC. The change which needed to happen would happen. I’d make it work, somehow.

Yet for some time, it didn’t. I grew incredibly frustrated and became mentally drained, as seen in some of my fall posts, and after late nights of working a schedule and understanding the way my mind processes math the best, it finally took place. This change didn’t even successful come to life until early December, and I started in July.

You do not need to always start up in the beginning of the New Year. Dates justified by the circulation around the sun do not need to signify the sign of a new beginning. A project can start on the first or even the sixteenth of August. Know if your initial goal falls flat and you started in the beginning of the year, it’s always a possibility to pick it up from the floor. You can dictate when you start something. You can frequently reopen an opportunity once found close.

It’s the new year, friends! So keep your eyes open, take opportunities when they present themselves, and best of all, if you see no opportunities, the possibility of making your own is out there.

What is one project you want to accomplish going into the new year? What's another project you started during the middle of another month you're proud to be doing consistently? Have you ever fallen into the trap of, "New Year, New Me?" Let me know in the comments below!

14 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Abigail! I hope you grow more and have so many beautiful opportunities in 2018!

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    1. Thank you, Hannah! <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  2. Happy new Year! Wonderful post. Really inspiring. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it, Evangeline!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  3. Happy New Year, Abby!! Here's to an awesome 2018!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. To an awesome 2018, indeed!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  4. Very true! I like New Years (and the resulting resolutions) because it's simply a nice chunk of time to measure things by (especially since I've done it multiple years). I think the trick is to make it so that it's not STRICTLY tied to that year, and even if it fails a little at the beginning of the year to press on.

    Happy new year! 2018 is going to be a huge year, for you and me both!

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    1. It is such a good measuring tool! And you're right, that's true about not having a goal be tied down to that particular year-- that's probably why some of my goals falter, but nonetheless we push on!

      TRUE!!! Fall semester, here we come... but for now, let's just enjoy the bits of spring and summer, shall we?

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  5. Happy New Year! =) I hope that you have a great 2018!

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

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    1. Awww, you too, Micaiah! I haven't heard of your blog, but I'll check it out!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  6. I'm a newbie on your blog and I just wanted to say hi! *waves*
    Your blog is so cute. You've got yourself a new follower <3
    And Happy 2018, Abigail!

    - Maddy | littlebitofsunshineweb.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Maddie! Thank you so much! And happy 2018 to you, too!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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