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By Sarah McLean

 Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.

Brad Paisley

Everyone has been told that a new year means a fresh start. It seems as if all things reset on the first of January. Maybe this will be the year that you stick to that New Year’s resolution, the one you’ve tried to keep for the past few years. A new year looks promising. We set goals up on New Year’s Eve, but then seem to ditch them on New Year’s Day, thinking that it was a stupid and unrealistic idea in the first place.

It wasn’t though. Maybe 2017 will be the year that you finally achieve those goals. Yes, a new year does present new and exciting opportunities, and whether you’re just starting out at university or returning to study or work, you shouldn’t let anything hold you back. The challenges that come your way are chances to shine; they are a chance to become better and stronger. The seemingly big hurdles will become small, and perhaps that resolution will finally be completed. It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s a good one.

Don’t let the negative things get in your way or bring you down, and don’t be afraid to dream big. Everyone can make this year amazing in their own way. If an opportunity arises, take it! If you say no, you may never find out what might have been in store. Taking a chance can be a good thing; as Ted from How I Met Your Mother once said, “If you’re not scared, then you’re not taking a chance. If you’re not taking a chance, then what the hell are you doing anyway?” Taking risks and agreeing to do something new can be overwhelming and scary, but that’s all part of it, and taking a chance can turn out to be rewarding.

Although it’s February, it’s not too late to begin making goals. There are still ten months left in the year, and each day is just another chance to achieve them. The quote at the start of this article applies to everyone. It’s also a good way to look at the year ahead: a new year is a new book and every blank page is waiting to be written. So go ahead — do what it takes to a write a good one.

 

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Header Image © Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons License 3.0. Author: Kurum-Shimin, 5 August 2011.

Footer Image Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons License 3.0. Author: Antonio Litteri, 26 May 2o11.