Submitted by E on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:30

I woke up on December 31st feeling relieved. 2013 was not an awful year until I realized that I was giving my all to someone who didn't feel the same way, and that my friends didn't feel like my friends anymore, and that I had sorely neglected my overall education for my first two years of high school.
New Year's Eve was wonderful. I went to an old friend's house and we shot off a firework display that would put Macy's New Year's Eve to shame. I felt optimistic, I felt happy. It was 2014, and I would get a fresh start.
Everything was great this morning. I had my coffee and watched my Grey's Anatomy and fed my horse and it was a new year. Then once the caffeine wore off I realized that 2014 is just a number. Today is really just Wednesday. It's just another day, another hour, another minute. We act like the new year changes everything, but it doesn't. It doesn't unless you make it change.
I have a lot of work to do. I'm almost done "catching up" on my schoolwork. I'm starting some college classes in a couple of weeks and I honestly couldn't be more excited. I'm going to choose my company more carefully from now on. I'm going to take more time to do what matters to ME. Take more risks. Have more adventures (as totally cheesy as that sounds). I'm moving out in the next couple of years. My time as a kid is running out. It's 2014--I'm turning 18 this year, I'm starting college classes this year, I'm doing bigger, better things this year. I'm an optimistic person. I'm sick of feeling so bad all of the time. It's time to make some changes, and 2014 sounds like the year to do it.

Author's age when written

Ohhhh, one of my motivational speeches for myself :) happy new year, y'all!!


"We act like the new year changes everything, but it doesn't. It doesn't unless you make it change." - So true!! A wonderful motivational speech to yourself, and also to us. I totally talk to myself all the time. "Alright, you WILL do this, because _______ and _______. No excuses!" Also I blow myself off. Figures. xDD

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
-G. K. Chesterton

You go girl! I agree with little women! Love that line! It's so true! This is really well done and inspiring! I feel like we've both had similar boy issues this past year :P
Good luck! Wow 18!!! That's awesome!!! Have a happy new year!

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
Write On!

"We act like the new year changes everything, but it doesn't. It doesn't unless you make it change."

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy new year Erin! And I hope you accomplish everything you want to this (EXCITING!) new year.

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

Here I am. Finally.

Sorry I didn't comment until now! Anyway, I'm glad you're excited for this year. The new year turning over always feels like a fresh start to me, but then again I'm an unfailing optimist. haha! (surprise, surprise--right?) But you're right--it's up to the person to make the changes, and it sounds like you're gearing up to make some!