Before continuing I want to clarify that I am not making an attempt to speak for every person reading this. I can only speak as an individual who falls into the 20 something, college educated, underpaid, 9-5 working, still formulating my professional identity post graduation cohort.
So it’s a new year… or is it?
Is there a more optimistic time than the first day of the New Year? I’m not referring to optimism on an individual level but collectively, as a society, is there really a time that exists on the Gregorian calendar that fills the masses with more hope of change and new beginnings than the first week of January? Maybe the January 20th after an election year but annually I have a hard time locating such a date. Much like the political agenda, though, the things we resolve to do often fall victim to an internal filibuster and ultimately end up being repealed by the side of us that was comfortable with how things used to be.
What are we usually left with? Excess weight? An annoying significant other? A dead end job?
What we are really left with is a ticket stub. You know the ticket I am referring to; the ticket we purchased after Christmas. The ticket that would take us to a better place: better health, a new romance, a savings account. The ticket that secured your seat on the flight that left on January 1st. Unfortunately for us, the ticket we purchase is round trip and we end up back in complacency. Not this year. I feel like 2011 sounds like a good year to switch it up. Let’s be honest, in these hard economic times, who can afford a round trip ticket?
2011 is not about extremes. It’s not about starving yourself in hopes to lose those love handles. It’s not about telling your boss to “fuck off” because you hate your job. It’s not about spending money you don’t have to keep up with those who do. It’s not about swearing off romance because you think every male/female is the same.
2011 is about being smart. It’s about follow through. It’s about researching better opportunities while maintaining your cash flow. It’s about being “fly” as a person, not as an accessory. It’s about making your money work for you not the other way around. 2011 is about continuing that diet but saving room for this food for thought.
What does 2011 mean to you?