It’s 2021, but I’m still in 2020.

By Aaliyah Moore

I’m usually really jubilant this time of year. By now, I should have my vision board hanging in my office to remind me of my goals every day. I’m supposed to be fasting from social media to clear my head for the year ahead.

But what happens if I don’t feel this way? What does it mean that I’m not in this space?

There’s something about the start of a new year that makes us think all of our struggles and issues from the previous year are supposed to disappear magically. It doesn’t help that all the people we follow on Instagram are making their way to the gym and posting pictures of their newly changed diet. Yeah, I get it. But truth be told, I woke up on January 1 still feeling the same way I did on December 31. I honestly almost felt some residue from 2020. And for a minute, I felt terrible that I didn’t start this year eager to jump into my goals. I quickly had to force myself out of that space.

The truth is, I didn’t need a new calendar year to push me into grind mode. And just because I’m not in that space in January doesn’t mean that I’m late or behind. 2020 threw a lot our way, and it’s okay to be still processing that. If you didn’t wake up on January 1 with a list of 10 goals, let this be your reminder that’s okay, too! If you need a little more time to wrap your mind around what you want to accomplish this year, take that time.

I speak on this often, but please run your race. Don’t become inundated with what other people are doing in their lives. Stop letting the internet bully you into subscribing to someone else’s goals and timeline. Own the space that you’re in.

I hope that whenever you decide to work on your goals, you’re doing it for you, and only you, and not because you feel pressured to keep up with your neighbor.

Love & Light.

Aaliyah Moore is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC.

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