I have a confession: I’m terrible at new year’s resolutions.
See, I like to swear that I’m going to do impossible things. Things like rid myself of debt, run ten miles every day, end world hunger, never be late, write a post on my blog every day . . . (It’s January 3. This is my first post. Whoops!)
But it’s more than that that, too. I’m bad at resolutions because they seem pointless—at least when they’re based around a calendar.
Take my running resolution, for example. What happens if I break my leg? Am I going to give up running until 2014 because I’m out for a few months—doctor’s orders? Or what if my friend is in an accident and taken to the hospital in critical condition? Will I say, “Hang in there, sweetheart! Haven’t gone for my run yet. Be there soon!”?
Of course not!
Then what is the point of resolutions, again?
But that’s not all.
I get a little bit—how should I say it?—annoyed? with all this talk about “reflecting on the past year” and finding ways we can improve. “This year I’m going to . . .”
Seriously? Is it just me, or is that a bunch of people-pleasing crap? The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. I hardly think most people find it the ideal time to sit around and contemplate life.
For what it’s worth, a bucket list seems about the only reasonable thing to me to create for a new year. A bucket list is a set of goals to be checked off, but not things that have to be done every day or week or month. For a perfectionist like me, bucket lists are far more practical than resolutions—for how can I predict the unknown?
In the end, though. I guess what it comes down to is living life the best we can each and every day. We have dreams and goals. Why should we need January 1 to make them happen? If I miss a day of running? I’ll pick myself up and run again. Every day is a chance to start anew.
At least it should be.
- New Year’s Resolutions in the Fox 8 Newsroom (fox8.com)
- Google Motivates Users with New Year’s Resolutions Map (news.cnet.com)