Oh hey, it's 2 days after the start of 2017. Welcome back to my blog I guess, because I practically did not publish any posts for almost a year. Insert typical excuses such as work and personal life here. I decided on a whim to attempt once again to get my motivation to write stuff, and what better opportunity to do so on a new year, right?

Then again, I'm not the kind of person who writes convoluted essays every start of the new year, complete with a helping of the cliché "2017 please be good to me", "I'll leave all the bad things in 2016 behind", "2017 is my year", etc. We all know I'm not going to clutter my blog with that garbage.

To be honest, the new year doesn't spark that kind of mentality with me. I think of the transition from December 31st to January 1st as the same as any other day. Sure, we come full circle at the end of the year, but the concept of time doesn't restart at the last of 365 days. Life keeps going whether it's the middle of the year or the start of the new year, and that's what's important for me—that I made it this far. Don't get me wrong; I have a lot of things I am thankful for the past year. I've learned a lot of lessons and had some fruitful experiences as well.

It's just that I don't need a specific date to be thankful for what the past 365 days gave or taught me. I don't need the start of the year to look back at the good and bad memories of the year that passed my life. I don't need to "close the previous book in my life and start on Page 1 of 2017". I can do my contemplation whenever in the calendar year I am. If I want to change my life based on what happened last year, I can do that in January 1st, or June 25th, or February 13th. If one really wants change, they most likely would not need a specific date to do so. If one is really grateful for past experiences, they'd be grateful any time of the year.

Let's all continue moving forward, be appreciative and self-improving, no matter what day of the year it is.

Happy New Year, everyone.