Someone once told me that God created time because our minds can't handle everything at once. I don't remember who said it, where I heard it, or when this happened - but it clicked. I finally understood that God is all-knowing because He exists outside of time and space. He's outside of our reality. When viewed from this perspective, we can understand that time is a gift.
But, we abuse time.
When we're burnt out at work, we become anxious to reach Friday.
When our expectations aren't met, we say, "It'll be better next time!"
Even when we're having fun, time flies - doesn't it?
We're never satisfied.
2018 had its own set of challenges, and so will 2019. The only difference between the two is the number. It might feel like you're getting a fresh new start, but, in reality, that happens every second. There's nothing magical about 2019. There was nothing magical about 2018, 2017, 2016, etc. So let's stop pretending there is.
If you don't decide to change, nothing else will.
Our lives may be structured by time, but our minds don't work that way. Your mind only works right now. Whatever you're thinking about in the present is all that exists.
I'm not saying you shouldn't think ahead and I'm not saying you shouldn't dream big. All I'm saying is that, no matter what, the future is a mystery to us. Don't live like every day is your last, live like every moment is a tool.
Just like we have the gift of time, we have the gift of creation. Use both. Time is your tool to create. So create.
Learn from the past, look forward to the future, but don't forget about the "now". That's all God gives us, and that's all we really need.