Fresh starts, thanks to the calendar, they happen every year. Just set your watch to January, and bring on the tradition of New Year resolutions. Put your past behind you and move on. It’s difficult to abstain from a chance of a new beginning, a chance to finally put the last year’s problems to bed.

But who gets to decide when the old ends? When do we commit to ourselves to finally begin the new? Sometimes, it’s not a day in the calendar, not a birthday, not a new year. It’s an event, big or small, which changes us. It gives us hope and confidence. It encourages us to finally let go our old habits or grudges against anyone, and step into the new. 

People are really romantic and visionary about the beginning of things. Fresh start, clean slate, a world of possibility… But no matter what adventure you are embarking on, you still remain you. And beginning all over again is not a piece of cake. Fresh starts, clean slates… like it’s gonna be any easier. Ask the guy pushing the boulder up the hill. Nothing is easy after all.

But here’s the thing: I like the playing field.

So, Play. Play hard. Play fast. Play loose and free. Play as if there’s no tomorrow. Go ahead, argue with the refs, cheat a little, change the rules, but play. It’s all about how you play the game, right?

What’s important is that we never stop believing that we can have a new beginning. But it’s also important to remember that amid all crap are a few things really worth holding on to.

The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

-Steve Jobs



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