Taking stock in your life

At the end of the year people can be bombarded with ways they should change. Perhaps change needs to be prepared for.

We have all survived another end-of-the-world scare, which means people will get to open all of their Christmas presents again this year. The end of the year leads many people to sit back and take stock in their lives. However like Minnie Driver’s character said in Grosse Pointe Blank, “Everybody’s coming back to take stock of their lives. You know what I say? Leave your livestock alone.” I realize for you movie buffs that, in the movie, the quote refers to a high school reunion, but I think there is a level of relevance here as well.

Whenever the world gets near the end of another year, people are almost forced to sit down and see where they have succeeded or failed. The discussion is endless.

Have you made enough strides in your career? Are you successful enough? Have you put on or lost too much weight? Are you depressed or maybe too happy? Where will the next year take you, and will you make your life even better than it is now?

The stress involved with digging through every aspect of your life is enough to drive anyone around the bend.

Life does not instantly change because a clock on the wall clicks to another second, but for many people this moment is a signal to try and better their lives. New Year’s resolutions are made and disappear quicker than most hangovers will on Jan. 1.

Starting another year is tough on many people as it is, let alone adding the pressure of making a drastic change in your lifestyle.

We, the people, should not need a date and a time to choose a moment which will suddenly change who we are.

Eating healthier, quitting smoking and drinking less are great ideas. But do them for the right reasons – because you want to live a healthier life.

Pick the right time to get there, and make these changes in a proper way.

Mentally prepare yourself for it because if you don’t then those resolutions will end up next to the Christmas wrapping paper,  which was discarded after its use has been worn out.

The world is facing many challenges heading into a new year and many decisions will have to be made which will influence our futures.

We have made it past the Mayans’ end-of-the-world scenario, but soon enough another will take over the airwaves and online and another countdown will begin.

As the Christmas season is upon us there may be a way to see a brighter side of life. Enjoy the family and friends who are with you, whether it is in you house, online, or during a phone call.

Look to next year as a chance to enjoy every day because all too often we forget to do this until it is too late. Hopefully all of the people who read this editorial are enjoying their time off and the season that promotes joy and peace on earth.

When the time comes for the end of the year and start of another, do not be afraid of challenging yourself, but do not let it get to the point where the stock of your life ruins the life you are living.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alycia Weir (left) and Helena Oosthoek (right) of the Golden Family Center stand outside of the GFC building at their Bell Lets Talk stand last February. They are currently raising funds to help support their drop-in counselling program. (Claire Palmer photo)
Family center fundrasing for free counselling program

It’s important to have accesible care in the community

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Interior Health reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on March 5. (Black Press Files)
Interior Health reports 33 new COVID-19 cases on March 5

Over 300,000 vaccine doses have been administered provincewide.

Ryan Bavin of Bavin Glassworks in Invermere. Photo: Submitted
Call for entries for Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Deadline for registration for artists and venues is April 15

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)
One of two Kelowna General Hospital COVID-19 outbreaks declared over

One outbreak declared over after two deaths, seven cases; another outbreak remains ongoing in the hospital

Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna. (Google Maps)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna care home after 12 cases noted

Two staff members and 10 residents at Cottonwoods Care Centre have tested positive for COVID-19

There is no true picture of how many youth in Penticton are experiencing housing instability or true homelessness. The Foundry and the city of Penticton are trying to find that out.
How many youth are experiencing homelessness in Penticton?

Foundry Penticton and the City have partnered on a youth survey open until March 13

Chelsea Ishizuka was borned and raised in Penticton but has now moved to Japan. When she found out there was a popular restaurant there named after Penticton, she had to go check it out. Here she is with the owner (right). (Facebook)
Popular restaurant in Japan named after city of Penticton

A Pentictonite now living in Tokyo discovered the eatery and the history behind its name

Coldstream’s Kalamalka Secondary has teamed up with Globox on a fundraising raffle for its graduating class of 2021. (Photo supplied)
Okanagan secondary school grads glowing over fundraiser

Kalamalka Secondary teams with company on fundraising raffle, replacing annual apple pie fundraiser

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Most Read