This phrase originated in the 60s, I think, and reflected a need at the time for spiritual solace, a re-generation of the soul and spirit of those seeking a new beginning, and a new meaning to life. It even formed the basis of a song sung by John Denver in the 70s.

Declaring it in the first person, i.e., “Today is the first day of the rest of my life” has also become a bit of a slogan for people seeking a newer meaning to life. But in my experience, it rarely has the desired effect. Whilst the spirit is willing to change, rarely do the circumstances surrounding the individual change, simply with that declaration. Nor does his or her physical, mental or emotional baggage. If baggage weighs you down, just do not make a declaration that “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” to make yourself feel better.

Start looking for ways to dump the baggage. The baggage could be physical, like a bad job, or bad health, or it could be mental/emotional like a bad relationship, a broken heart or worry over the health of a loved one. This is the hardest part of trying to cope with life, and the hardest when trying to overcome. Maybe the best thing to do is to pick one piece of baggage, and work at dumping it. If nothing else, it is a start.

Again, this is easier said than done. If you are a caring, feeling person, and care about whatever it is that is weighing you down, then nothing is going to be easy. Does this mean you should not try? No it does not. I keep trying to lighten my baggage. But so far, I have had only partial success. I have not got rid of anything permanently, but lightened it in places where it was very heavy.

Tell me your experience, please. Do you think my approach is wrong? Or am I just a weak person who can never shed baggage?

Good luck with your own excess baggage.




  1. I think the statement “today is the first day of the rest of your life” is less about the circumstances around you changing and more about your attitude towards them changing and so that’s why I think you’re correct to talk about lightening one’s own load rather than waiting for circumstances to change.

    In my limited experience there will always be a majority of things about the world and people around you that you cannot change or control – the only thing you have any real control over is your reaction.

    Letting go of baggage is hard. Often times it is there for a reason – things that truly hurt and scar us should leave a mark: it is part of the healing process. However at a certain point it stops serving us and knowing when this is, is what’s hard. Baggage is also comforting because it is reflective of things that have happened to us and where we feel, often correctly, victimized. But this is a comfort zone that we need to push ourselves out of to let go of it – and this is much harder when we still feel a lot of emotional attachments to the things causing the baggage. So it’s easier said than done but I suppose for me I try to work on my mindset. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail….but I do keep trying. Good luck and lots of love

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  2. why baggage? The word itself gives a lot of weightage to it. Why not a backpack? Considering the song ” Today is the first day of the rest of my life ” it’s better to keep a backpack no? Keeping only the essentials :p because life is a journey and you might want to consider changing and improvising things in it also depending where your rest of the days of your life would be. I think it’s more about adopting the right attitude the way you deal with it. Being few of the choosen loving idiots, we keep loving and caring. We don’t dump, we just let go of the bad and keep the good(be it a job, relationship, memories of the person we love and care) 🙂

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  3. Dear Sandhya, sweet of you to comment. regrettably at my age Backpacks are hard to carry. The question is not what to carry in the backpack, but how much you can dump of the stuff that is weighing you down. And then doing it, which is harder still. God bless!


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