People often look for specific dates to start something new. Usually we go for 1 January or whichever Monday comes first after Easter festivities. Some people decide to turn their life upside down on their birthday.
Tomorrow is my birthday. I try to make it look like I’m not too fussed about it but secretly I enjoy being spoilt rotten and it means a lot to me. However, I don’t believe that I will wake up tomorrow morning with a new life purpose and neither will I go on a new mission to change some aspect of myself because it is not something that can happen overnight anyway – it’s more of a gradual process that takes its time. Of course there is a certain point when you realise you want a change but I do not associate it with a firm handshake or a big, pompous declaration but rather with waking up slowly and gently after a good night’s sleep.
Have you waited the whole weekend for the clock to strike the right time, wanting to change your diet or your relationships? Do you look forward to specific dates? I shall take this opportunity to post my favourite quote about new beginnings and finding your cue. Have a peaceful Sunday and let’s create something new, starting… whenever you feel ready!
When I was alive, I believed — as you do — that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said ‘one o’clock’ as though I could see it, and ‘Monday’ as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year’s Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door. Now I know that I could have walked through the walls. (…) You can strike your own time, and start the count anywhere. When you understand that — then any time at all will be the right time for you.
― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn