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Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

By Kellee Donovan

We all see it every year. The “Be Your Best You in 2017!” posters with beautiful people splashed across the pages, bounding in their fitness clothes with seemingly no effort, the sudden influx of gym membership fliers sent to your house, the never-ending Jillian Michaels commercials in between your Harry Potter weekend binges. Each time the calendar flips to a new year, there seems to be this unwritten rule that we must change something about our appearance (i.e. new year’s resolutions) and that will somehow make the new year that much better. Don’t get me wrong, I make a new year’s resolution each year, but this year, mine is different (and harder) than ever before.

This past year brought a lot of new changes in my life already without having to make any type of resolution. I left Playmakers part-time and started a new job, only to come back and become a full-time employee. That would have been the best thing that happened to me, but in September I became a wife to an incredible man whom I still don’t think I deserve. And on top of all that, I became a second-time marathoner. I had many truly life changing experiences this year, but I also experienced a lot of hardships, some of the hardest times of my life. Throughout all these changes there is one underlying theme that I have adopted and will try to carry with me through 2017. I used to think that “venting” was a good way to get things off my chest, and I kept telling myself that it was okay to vent because it was my way to complain and forget about it. I realized after everything 2016 brought me that even after venting, I carried that negativity with me, and that complaining did me no good whatsoever, no matter how I tried to spin it. You carry that negativity with you everywhere you go, maybe even more so than positivity. Your words undoubtedly have an impact, at times unknowingly. My new year’s resolution this year is to be an example of positivity to everyone around me, no matter the circumstances.

I know what you’re thinking, “how can someone possibly be 100% positive through everything?” And the answer is, you can’t. But you can most certainly try. No one is perfect, but we can all strive to be better than we were yesterday. Whether it’s at work, with your family, or even with running, we all have the choice to turn a negative experience into a positive one, or to see the silver lining, if you will. It may sound like a daunting task, but isn’t being positive and happy much more fulfilling than carrying around all that negativity? It’s too heavy (and I don’t go to the gym nearly enough to be able to carry it all)! Let’s all make a resolution this year to be beams of positivity for those around us, whether it be at work, home, or with your running group. It’s easy to be positive when things are going right, but not everything we do will work out the way we want it to, that’s just a fact of life. You might not get the promotion at work like you had hoped, you may not run the ideal race like you had planned out perfectly in your head, but if we all strive to remain positive, especially through the hard times, then that is truly being your “best you” in 2017.

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