THE NEED TO REVIEW OUR LIVES
We always wait till the end of the year (to review how we’ve spent it), or till the New Year season to make a resolution. This tradition though a good one, gives people a wrong idea about reviewing their lifestyles and goals in life.
There are 365 days in a year with January and December as the starting and ending points respectively. However, everyday should be regarded as a ‘New Year’ because a complete year has to pass before that same day arrives once more. Looking at the concept of birthdays for example, even though an individual may be born in 1999, it doesn’t mean that when the year 2018 starts, one would be 19 years. The individual’s new age or year starts from the day of the year he or she was born.
We therefore should not only consider the Yuletide season or New Years to reflect on what we’ve achieved so far in the previous year.
So many of us live for others:
This can be viewed from two perspectives: striving to live up to the expectations of others and harboring anger at others for so long. For the latter, it lies in the same vein as the previous option—are you holding on to anger because it makes you feel justified and right? Sometimes the healthiest thing you can do is let go of the situation by forgiving the other person. When we are willing to forgive others, we aren’t saying what they did is OK. We are saying that we value ourselves too much to waste any more time on this situation.
Another issue to look at:
There is a fundamental problem which has been going on in Ghanaian homes before most of us were even born: Although parents want what’s in our best interest, some parents force their children to make decisions which may not be what the child intended to do initially. We have a lot of doctors, lawyers, teachers or even librarians who are in the field not because it was their preferred choice but they were fulfilling the dreams of others: their parents. Let us reflect on what we really want to do in life and muster the courage to resist some influences in our lives.