I have long believed that January 1 signaled not the beginning of a new year so much as the beginning of the last chapter of the old. Listing and starting on resolutions, paying off holiday bills, getting back to a less glutinous eating routine, mid-winter cleaning around the house. Then, somewhere between late January and late February, comes the Lunar New Year. Celebrated variously as Nian (Chinese New Year), Seollal (Korean), Tet (Vietnamese), Tsagaan Sar (Mongolian) and Losar (Tibetan), the Lunar New Year actually feels like a new year.
Today is the first day of the new year in the lunar calendar and, yes, just having finished a full week back at work, the first full week of real life experience is the best definition of a new beginning that I can come up with right now.
Already, it feels like this year will be very focused, purposeful and energetic.
Happy New Year, for real!