New Year’s Day comes just once a year, and many people believe that is the best, if not only day to make resolutions, or start a diet, or begin working towards a goal, etc. But those people are wrong because there are many different days throughout the year that can be, as Matthew West puts it, “Day One of the Rest of Your Life.”
- Your birthday – We all know that January 1 on any calendar is the start of a year. But for each one of us, the day we were born was the start of the first year of our lives. Each year on your birthday is the start of a new year, of your life and a good time to begin anew.
- Your anniversary – Doesn’t matter if it is a wedding anniversary, the anniversary of getting engaged, or any other anniversary, every anniversary commemorates a new chapter in your life. When you come across an anniversary day, it is a good time to start anew. An easy way to remember when you started a new habit or kicked an old habit out.
- Start of a new school semester or year – regardless if you are a student, parent of a student, teacher or professor, the start of a new school year or semester is a good time to make changes in your life. You might want to work on oversleeping and being late, procrastinating on getting work (homework) done, or just developing better study habits so you can earn better grades.
- Any Monday – Monday is the day of the week people dread the most and are most likely to be hated. But dreading or hating something only gives it power over you. Reclaim your Monday with a optimistic attitude. After all, it is the start of a new work week (for most) and a good time to start something new in your life to make you a better you!
- The 1st of any month – when you change the page on your wall calendar from one month to another, it is also a good time for you to make changes in your life for the better.
Any day can be the start of a new beginning in your life – even your worst days can be the perfect starting point for a new beginning.
September 11, 1980 was the day I was expelled from Hazelwood Central High School for kicking a principal in the shin. It was one of the worst days of my life, but it was setting me up for a fresh new start. A month later, October 13th, 1980 I re-started my freshman year at Riverview Gardens Junior High and instead of being in the principal’s office every day, I only visited the principal’s office once that year.
July 25th, 2002 – the day I survived an ischemic stroke to my spinal cord. Was a new beginning for me. Of course, you could say it was forced on me, but I did have to relearn new ways to do things I needed to do to live independently. In retrospect, it was the beginning of my new life with a physical disability – and it has made me a better, humbler, person.
To be truthful, you do not need to wait for any of those days to come to you. Why not make today the first day of the rest of your life or should we say the first day of the best of your life?