I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.
For January 1st, I’ve never quit smoking, gone on a diet, bought a gym membership, or sworn to save money.
When this holiday rolls around, I don’t sit and reflect. I barely give a thought to the past year except to say, “Huh. That sucked. Hope next year is better.”
And it isn’t.
It carries over our current problems because they can’t be magically fixed overnight. It also delivers a whole host of new and different problems. So that’s exciting.
But that’s life, isn’t it?
We have our ups and downs. All of us. And some things are out of our control.
I will not set myself up to “fix” something I can’t fix or to “start” something I can’t start. If I make a resolution to lose weight or exercise when my health prohibits it at the moment, I’m setting myself up for failure and inevitable misery. Wonderful way to start the year.
The thing is, as I said in 2014, I feel pressured to look back over my year and write something meaningful. I simply don’t want to.
So I will do what I always do. Which is to say that I will be aware. Of my life, my actions, my reactions…everything. I will learn new things, set goals, better myself, and change what’s not working. I will try to make my life more positive. And I will do this throughout the year, not just the first few weeks in January.
I will ring in the New Year on December 31st but I will check in with myself all year.
Happy New Year, gentle readers.
My Sunday thoughts in (a wee bit over) 200 words.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them? (Let’s be honest…are they even realistic?)
Something new I’m doing this year is choosing a word: One Word. Something to focus on for the upcoming year. Look for my choice in next week’s post. It’s a fantastic alternative to resolutions.
This post from last year (The Scrooge of New Year’s Eve) really sums up how I feel about this holiday. I planned to repost it verbatim but wound up editing it quite a bit. Perhaps a fun challenge could be to see how accurate this post is each year. ?