This year is certainly going to be one to remember. It marks a time in history where we didn’t just ring in a new year, but a new AGE.
The age of Aquarius has been talked about for centuries, in fact, millennia, and promises to bring about a “golden age” of human consciousness, where we break down old oppressive traditions and create a world that works for everyone.
These are very exciting times, and since we have chosen to be here for them, we have a responsibility to see them through.
What do I mean? Well, we could debate free will and the existence of “powers that be”, but instead I’d rather discuss moral autonomy. Fundamentally, we have been given an opportunity to take a different path to discover a more promising future. One where the world can heal and we not only survive, but thrive as both individuals and a collective.
One where we evolve to look at the world through the eyes of a guardian, rather than a mindless consumer or spoiled child.
Now is a time to shine the brightest lights on expired paradigms, erase their hold on humanity, and build something truly altruistic for all walks of life. For we are not just here on earth, we are not just animated matter – we are the earth, we are energetic beings and and we are life itself.
So where do we start? Here are the keys to starting anew:
1. Shed the old
You may have heard the saying “Don’t look back, we’re not going that way.”
While I agree with the sentiment, there is something to be said from reflecting on the past and reviewing successes and failures so as not to make the same mistakes. The last 2,000 years have been an incredible shit show. Yes, there have been many incredible events, like the Renaissance, and Man’s first steps on the moon, my birthday, to name a few… but there has been so much MORE that has gone wrong.
The last age, in my eyes, is characterised by greed and devastation. Between wars and genocides, pollution and the consumption of so much of our natural resources… how can we be anything but ashamed of the decisions we made as a collective? Yes, I know, they weren’t our decisions, we as individuals have very little say, and generations before us didn’t fully understand the consequences of their choices. But here we are anyway, and at some point we have to look at ourselves and take the blame.
Why? Well, for one, to stop denying that we are a part of the problem. And two, so we can actively decide to turn the page on poor habits and start living responsibly, proactively, consciously and sustainably. They may not have known the repercussions, but we are living them. We have no excuses.
We need to fully embrace that we do not need to be the same civilisation we were 5 years, 5 months or even 5 days ago. In fact, we can’t be. Full stop, we need to change. And it is happening, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t write the book on activism, I’m no expert on current events, and I sure as hell am not perfect. But actively choosing a different path isn’t just a way forward, it is THE way forward. And I’ll advocate that to my dying day.
So what do we do?
2. Make a game plan
Get a pen, some paper, a white board, cardboard, chalkboard, whatever. Just get to work on mapping out a better version of reality. Get creative, dare to dream and don’t limit yourself to what you deem as “possibility”.
The impossible happens e-v-e-r-y day. Just 20 years ago math teachers told their students they wouldn’t be walking around with calculators in their pockets, and sure look, here we are all walking around with hand held super-computers that do a lot more than arithmetic.
There are many solutions to any one problem, especially today with technology what it is, and the endless landscape of information at our fingertips through the wild wondrous interweb. A problem without an answer is simply a result of neglect and a lack of ingenuity. And sure, the answers may not always be ideal or what’s expected, but there’s so much beauty in that – so why avoid it for the sake of our fragile discomforts?
We need to start acting like a team. Brainstorming, accomplishing and behaving according to a higher standard. We need to uphold value, and call out manipulation, greed and misdeeds. For once, we ARE actually all in this together, and we have to start behaving that way.
People in places of power and privilege more than anyone need to step up to this plate. They need to play their part too, and theirs is a special one because not everyone can do it. They need to fund, promote, and push the initiatives that make the most positive impacts. They need to let go of the habit of hoarding resources, and evolve to a higher level of awareness and responsibility.
Everything I say here applies on every scale, the micro and the macro. The havers need to give, the past is to be learned from, and our actions determine tomorrow.
So what’s left?
3. Take it slow
Do you know how you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time… Or maybe you’ve heard it this way: Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Small steps lead to big change. In the gradient of life, even just one degree of effort amplifies outward to exponential influence.
So don’t over complicate it. Don’t overwhelm, don’t over do or over think. Just be, but not what you were before. Be better. Don’t litter. Reuse and repurpose. Use your manners. Help others. Forgive. Encourage. Call out injustice. Small acts of kindness. Whatever. I’m not going to tell you what to do, that’s where your creativity and autonomy come in. You have the freedom and free will to be a better version of yourself every day, so why not take the opportunity to challenge yourself. See how far you can take it. And who knows, in a year you may be a completely different person.
That’s how it works. Little bits every day. Conscious efforts, regular and often, until they become habit.
That’s how you start anew.