When a baby starts walking, they fall to the ground countless times, and I bet if they could bluntly speak up they’d respond to the “start again” instructions from their parent with a “why don’t you just do this yourself?”. I’m joking, even though they get tired of getting back up and trying to walk again, kids are pure and not anywhere near this limiting mindset. But I can just tell you how not so comfortable starting over is.

There’s so much that comes with starting over, but often we overlook the advantageousness of the process because of fear. Ever heard of the saying “every day is a chance for you to start over”? This isn’t a song or poem, it’s reality. You only need to start over if you need a change or shift in something. Look at starting over as an opportunity to be better or do better, I can’t tell you that it will stop being uncomfortable or scary as it sounds, but I can assure you that it’s a chance worth taking.

Beginning of this year, I wasn’t as motivated and excited as I wanted myself to be, about the new year, due to a lot of adjustments I had to make in my life at the time. It took me a while to adapt to how things were, in the process I got overwhelmed because I didn’t know how to adjust to the changes I wasn’t prepared for. It wasn’t an ideal phase, but I had to go through it in order to appreciate the progress I’ve made between now and then. The lessons I’ve learned this far, are invaluable. I can proudly say that I have grown, I have learnt and I’m in a better emotional and mental state. How better or different am I from 6-7 weeks ago? I am able to handle disappointments without thinking that I am what’s wrong, I am more self-aware, I know when I need a break and I know that it means nothing more than just the fact that I’m overwhelmed and I need to pull myself towards myself, well of course after I’ve thrown myself a little pity party, I don’t miss an opportunity to throw those. These first few weeks of the year have taught me lessons I will certainly need as the year goes by.

I’m sharing this personal part of my life because I know that I am not the only one who felt like 2020 isn’t my year during the second week of January, and I’m certainly not the only person who felt discouraged to continue or start again. At the moment, I am starting again, in different aspects of my life. There’s no manual to it or steps you should be following, you simply implement what you learn as you go. The most important thing is that when you finally learn how to do something better or how to be a better person, you start again.

One thing I can assure you is that no one counts the number of times you start over, the way you do. So, it doesn’t matter how many times you have to do something before you get it right, what always matters is how the story ends. How do you want your story to end? As the person who stuck to something just because they feared starting again? As the person who gave up on something when it failed because they feared starting again? It sure doesn’t have a nice ring to it. So, get out there, and start again. And if it doesn’t work out? You try again. Never stop starting again.

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