Every year around New Year’s I sit down and write out a list of resolutions for the new year. During that time I also ask others what their resolutions for the new year will be. I guess a few people still make them, but a resounding number of responses I get are full of indignation. A rather large section of the population pride themselves in not making resolutions. “I’m not changing a damn thing,” one person told me. Well, good for you, Captain Perfect.
I used to have one friend who would ask me every year, “What’s the big deal about January 1st? Whenever I want to make a change in my life, I just make it!” If that system works for you, rock and roll. If you start each morning with a bowl of cereal and a list of ways to improve your life, you are awesome. There are people out there like that, but I’m not one of them. (For what it’s worth, my friend wasn’t, either.) Personally I think the beginning of the new year is a great time to reflect on how our lives have been going and how we can make them better. I don’t see the harm in that.
I’ve already mentioned a few of my resolutions for 2013. In the health and exercise arena, we as a family have stopped eating sugar. I personally am also limiting my drinks to no-calorie drinks: water, black coffee, and iced-tea, for the most part. I’m sure a beer or two will work its way into my belly, but these 200-300+ calorie coffees are off the menu for now. I’ve also started exercising again — a little, so far, but a little is better than none.
For project, I plan on writing for an hour every morning, posting a new picture online every day, and recording one podcast every week. That’s a pretty aggressive schedule, and I hope I am able to keep it up. The thing I am most disappointed in myself about is not writing more books, so more books will hopefully be the fruit borne of those early morning writing sessions.
I have a few other miscellaneous resolutions as well, like wearing my seat belt in the car and digitizing the pile of things I have stacked around me (magazines, video tapes, and cassette tapes, primarily). I also wrote down “clean the garage,” something that was on my list every year of the 10 years we lived at the old house. I have parted ways with an astounding amount of items of the past year, and plan to continue that activity throughout 2013. Slow and steady wins the race.
While working on my resolutions for 2013 I found a long lost file titled “Resolutions for 2012”. Changes don’t happen just by writing them down and forgetting about them. You have to read them, you have to remember them, and you have to act on them. You have to put effort forth into making change happen. That’s what resolutions mean to me — simply a list of things I’d like to change to make me and my family healthier and happier. I don’t see the harm in that.