...but I'm not going to do that. Not because I don't think it's important to reflect, or because I don't think there's things about myself to change...but because I don't see early winter as the beginning of the year. Perhaps it's my educational background, but having the "new year" in the middle of winter, only 40% of the way through the school year has always seemed silly. Much like companies who start their "fiscal year" in the middle of October, or diners who post a "Friday to Thursday" work schedule, the calendar year always seems a little off compared to the year most people actually experience. Think about it...everyone goes to school for 13 years...probably more with college, and therefore it's ingrained in most people that September is the start of the "year", June is the end of the "normal time" and the final three months are "summer". Even if there's not a summer vacation, summer is always a different, more relaxing time to wind down the year as observed. This random, winter "new year" is technically the start of the next trip around the sun, but it's definitely not our cultural "new year". This is hardly the time to look back and reflect, or look forward to change, because once school starts, everything will be exactly the same! Things will change dramatically in June and August...but sadly that's not a "new year".
Happy 2016 everyone...but more importantly, happy "second half of the year that you started back in September 2015". It's been a great first half, let's see how it lasts on the other side!