The New Year Blues: A Personal Account of How 2023 Lacks Originality, and How I plan to Fix it

Stuck on Last Year

As I am writing this, it’s the end of February 2023. This year is officially in swing. It’s no longer socially acceptable to say “Happy New Year.” And we all should be used to 2023 now, right?

Well, I’m not there yet. I feel like it’s still 2022 for some reason. And I wasn’t sure why. Until I did some recalling of what 2022 was like for me.

You might think that 2022 was a good year for me, and you’d be right. But I wouldn’t say it was the best year of my life. In 2022, I feel like I went through a lot of changes and experiences, both good and bad. And that made me come out stronger and made me grow as a person.

2022 is where I really took my career as a writer to the next level. I started working more hours at my job. I started doing more blogging and writing more stories. Because of all this, I also experienced my first case of writing burnout. This made me learn how to balance my work and personal writing, and made me change my approach to work in general.

I also had a lot of experiences in 2022. Now that people had access to the COVID vaccine and case numbers were dwindling, there were more things that I could do. I bought tickets to a concert for myself and my best friend that was the weekend of my birthday. My family flew to Florida for a couple of days to see relatives for the first time in two years. My cousin and I took a day trip to New York. I went to a lot of my state’s Pride events. I started going to more clubs and expanding my social circle.

For a long time, I was an introvert, who preferred staying at home and watching whatever’s on TV to going out. And, believe me, I still enjoy that. However, last year, I feel like I started coming out of my shell more. I feel like I had really built upon everything I had previously done.

Deja Vu in 2023?

The reason I feel stuck, is that 2023 feels like the first year in a long time that might be the same as the last. We all know what happened in 2020. In 2021, I was navigating my first year out of college, and trying to find actual paid work, which lead me to my job. And I already explained everything that happened last year.

What’s different about me this year? I’m still going out, still at the same job, still making plans. I need to feel something different. I wanted to build on something that I started in the previous year. And after going over my January, I think I found it.

2023 I feel like will be the year I really start to be healthy. And the year that I will actually stick with it. I’ve been really working on eating better, reducing my snacking rates and drinking more water. While I’m not super consistent, I am working on it. I’ve been going to the gym more often, and officially got a membership. I tried roller skating and almost broke my arm, which would be a first.

This year, I am also building off of what I have done in 2022. Last year, I started really going out more and trying new things. I’ve been meeting up with friends more, even if it’s just a casual dinner or game night. I’ve been getting tickets for more events that interest me.

If 2022 was about growth, 2023 is about building, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing.

This article is a part of the “The Wellness Chronicles: My Journey to a Healthier Life“. To see more of my journey, click here!

<strong>Anna Bechtel</strong>
Anna Bechtel

Anna is from and currently resides in Hamden, CT. She went to Drew University, where she majored in English and minored in media & communications. Anna is a freelance writer, and has written for Eat This Not That, Celebwell, The Odyssey Online,, The Access Report, and The Buttonwood Tree. Anna also has her own blog, All Podcasts All The Time. In her spare time, she loves dancing, photography, shopping, listening to podcasts & music, and watching reality TV.

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