Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. How will you spend it? What can you do?

You see, living in the age of overflowing made-up unique, but often bizarre, holidays filling each and every month, week and day; it’s only a matter of finding a meaning for your days that fits well with your perspective on life. So, it’s May—Date Your Mate Month, Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Hamburger Month, National Photograph Month…the list goes on. 

So, like I said, today is the first day of the rest of your life. How will you spend it? What can you do?


Will you make a beeline for the most Insta-worthy hamburger or barbecue? Will you look into fostering a child or pet? Will you ride your bike to work in an effort to raise awareness for pollution while gaining physical benefits? Maybe you’ll take a picture—something to look back on when you’ve forgotten your goals, your aspirations, the reason you made those resolutions back in January; your way.

Maybe you were hoping for something more; something that you can hold onto and live your life by. Something more profound than a trip to Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que. Something that will spill into days, weeks and months beyond the fabricated celebratory point of the month. You’ve done it time and time again, year after year, the whole resolution thing. And each time you promise yourself that you’ll stick to it. This year will be different. You want it more this time around. Whatever more means. Yet, somehow, each and every year your resolutions hit their peak in January and you’re right back to whatever habit you were trying to rid yourself of in the first place.

Well, you’re in luck y’all. Because on top of May being known for Lumpy Rug Day, Star Wars Day and Cinco De Mayo—this month is also know for National Recommitment. The antithesis of our broken resolutions; the answer to our searching-for-motivation prayers.

When you think of a commitment you may instinctively roll your eyes. So often the c-word brings us back to a reality that doesn’t seem nearly as favorable in comparison to our immediate wants. It often reminds us that no, we shouldn’t have that cupcake—we’re supposed to be eating healthier; that yes, running is necessary because we’re supposed to be training for a half marathon; no, you can’t drop money frivolously or you’ll never make it to the city of your dreams. You get the idea. The c-word allows the angel and devil on our shoulders to bicker back and forth—to determine where we stand, what really matters.

The thing about commitment is its versatility. Whether you’re committed to walking your dog more or exercising on a daily basis; the choice is yours. Whether you want to come up with a plan to get in the best shape of your life or stop focusing so much on the number on the scale in an attempt to foster self-love; the choice is yours. Whether you want to spend more time with your friends because you know you’ve become *that* person in a relationship or bottle up your excessive drinking habits; the choice is yours. Whether you want to give someone another chance or strive to love yourself as enduringly as you love others; the choice is yours.

So, in the spirit of May, make a choice. Can you (re)commit?

Because, like I said, today is the first day of the rest of your life. How will you spend it? What can you do?

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