New Year, Better Me – Dylan Thacker

New Year, Better Me – Dylan Thacker

Dylan Thacker – @DThack03

2018 is officially underway and I’ve seen “New Year, New Me” at least 1000 times. Why is it that people feel the need to completely change themselves because a new year has started. In reality, it’s just another day. But still, if that’s what it takes to motivate someone, I’m all for it.

Personally, I don’t agree with the “New Year, New Me” saying. I think that who you were and what you’ve experienced are important parts of your foundation. Without that person and those mistakes you could never be who you’re destined to be. That’s why this year for me is all about “New Year, Better Me.”

2017 was a big year for me. I learned a lot about myself, planted my roots on Team IVB for the long haul and started my last year of college. However, I also face a lot of challenges. In order to move to Indy for my internship I had to take on a lot of financial burdens that I now plan on resolving in 2018. Also, in one of my best training cycles yet, I fractured my humerus and lost mobility of my left hand. While the arm is healed, my hand still has not. I have no time frame on when it can come back but that is just another obstacle I have to face.

Since this has put a damper on my weight training, I need to focus on other aspects. On December 31st I signed up for a marathon at the end of April to give myself something to work towards. I just got back from a run where, with wind chill, it was -13 degrees.

Just because you have faced injury or hard times does not mean that they define you.

I am confident that my hand function will return and when it does I will come back stronger than ever. I am strengthening myself mentally and spiritually so that I can get through this period in my life. With my family, friends and team behind me, I know that anything is possible.

With that being said, do not kill your old self in order to start new. Instead, take your past successes, mistakes and everything in between and strive to be better. For me, 2018 is all about growth in all aspects of my life. I am solely focused on myself and know that when I’m better, I can make those around me better. I want to share with you a few of my goals in hopes that I can be held accountable and we can tackle 2018 together!

Goals for 2018:

  • Run a marathon
  • Hit 1,000 total miles ran
  • Eat in more than I eat out
  • Read more
  • Write more (including one self-help book)
  • Grow my faith
  • Be a better person to those around me, not just my family and friends

I hope that these few things have helped you to solidify your own goals. I believe in you and I know the rest of IVB does as well. Be a BETTER YOU this year!

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