When You Start Off Knocked Down

There’s nothing quite like the excitement as the new year rolls in. Whether you actually stay awake to see the ball drop, or if you simply celebrate the first day of the new year, it’s the time for resolutions, fresh goals, and new beginnings.

Today is the 5th day of the new year. We haven’t even gone a week yet. And while you see this blog post, be assured that I just posted it barely on time this morning. I haven’t refined it or done anything I normally do to make it an amazing post, because I’m rushing to get it done, and worn out mentally already.


You could blame travel this past weekend, but worse than that, I’ve been sick. And I don’t mean a little cold. I mean the flu – influenza. Fever, pounding headache, body aches, congestion…it was quite the experience.

Thankfully, I’ve been on the mend since the first of the new year, but I have still been worn out, sick, dazed, and tired. This is the first time I’ve tried to write since getting ill, and it’s a struggle.

It’s hard to look at my goals right now when all I want to do is curl up under a blanket and rest some more. It feels daunting as a result, and impossible, as I stand at the base of the mountain already weak.

That being said, I know that this year isn’t over – it’s just getting started. So if you’ve had the sort of beginning I have, where January 1st came and went, and you felt like you started the year already knocked down, just know that it’s not over yet. Even if you have to modify your New Year’s Resolutions and goals to make sense from where you are starting now, do it. Stand up. Try again.

It’s better than waiting another 360 days just to start making goals and trying to improve your life again. You will always have an excuse as to why you should stay down. So make the decision that even when life throws curveballs like illness, travel, a move, or whatever it may be, that you will simply get back on your feet and press forward. Maybe I’ll only get halfway up the mountain this year – that’s still better than where I am right now.

What do you do when you’re thrown off track? How do you get back up and going again after life messes your plans up?

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Tamara Rivers

Tamara Rivers

I'm the author of "The Guardian of Hope," and hoping to publish many more books - I love to write!

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