#Envisioning2020: New Year, New Decade, But Same Amazing Me

Don't get me wrong, I love a good New Year's resolution.

I love trying to better myself, trying to push myself to be a kinder, compassionate, loving and more outgoing human being. I think that the new year is a wonderful time to set goals for yourself. As far as I see it, there's nothing wrong with trying to push yourself to be the best version of yourself.

However, I don't think that you should look on to the new year (or decade) with thoughts of "New Year, New Me." I hear that phrase a lot, but I don't think that it's necessarily applicable, nor is it the most loving way to view yourself. You don't necessarily have to create a "new you" on the basis that it is a new year and a time for resolutions. A more refined and amazing you? Maybe. But a new you? Not so much.

When I envision 2020, I don't envision a different person than I am now. I envision growth, lots of love and a chance to better myself, each and every day. However, when it comes down to it, I do love the person that I am, and I try to do so more and more. I think we should all view ourselves in this manner. When it comes down to it, we're all amazing. We're all beautiful and wonderful people. We might have some things to work out, and the new year might be the time to do that, but we don't need to recreate or reinvent ourselves.

And I know that's hard to hear. I also know that phrase may be nothing more than a phrase, but I think there's a lesson to be learned from it.

I think 2020 is a time for us to learn how to love ourselves for who we are, not a time to reinvent that person altogether; that's just not necessary. I think 2020 is a time for us to improve certain aspects of ourselves that we might not necessarily think are our best, but not to change who we are altogether.

I believe 2020 is going to be a wonderful year. Envisioning it now has me starry-eyed and excited for the future. I'm eager to enter this new year, and end 2019, as me. When it comes down to it, life is too short to worry about all of our shortcomings, but each year gives us a chance to grow and learn as humans. We have the opportunity to exist in a world where being who we are is wonderful — a true gift to be cherished. When I envision 2020, I envision me, and I think that you should too.