Happy New Year Everyone! And how about a nice warm welcome for 2013!? I must say that although 2012 was not a bad year, I am definitely ready for 2013. In fact, that is probably my favorite part of the New Year; a new beginning. Sure, you don’t really need a New Year in order to start over or to tackle resolutions in your life, but having the beginning of a brand new year with a whole 365 days ahead of you definitely seems like a good place to start.
Like most people I have taken the New Year in with a bang composed of friends and family. I wore a silly hat drenched in glitter and drank (a lot) of champagne. I also thought about my New Year’s resolutions and what I should spend the next year doing with my life. I even went as far as writing them down because somehow this will make them all the more serious and me all the more willing to accomplish them, right? For the most part my resolutions look just like everyone’s: lose weight, be kind to others, find a new job, and of course go on an amazing vacation. On paper these seem like perfectly thought out resolutions. Then I got to thinking….these resolutions are OK, but they’re also more like a simple to do list. Comparable to a shopping list which you can easily walk through the aisles of life and check off the items. Not to say that these are not important goals or that there is less of a reason to celebrate accomplishing any of them. But, when you think about it, shouldn’t your resolutions (the things that you promise to do for yourself and your life) mean something more?
Why is it that we can so easily determine the little things that we think will make our lives better, but we never sit down and consider what types of changes will really impact our life? Don’t we want our goals to be things that help us become the people we want to be or at least help us become the people we are meant to be? The English writer Aldous Huxley once said “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” With this I believe that we as people should start to make resolutions that really shape our lives. Let’s not use them as goals that we set for ourselves and can possibly fail at. Rather, let’s start to use them as experiences that leave a lasting imprint on our lives. Cross out ‘getting in shape’ and write down ‘run the Broad Street Marathon with friends.’ Erase the vacation plans and jot down ‘move to Spain for 3 months.’ You can even just modify the ones like being kind to others by rewording it into ‘start a monthly dinner service at a local shelter.’
So I’ve decided to reconsider my New Years resolutions and this time I’ll make sure they are stunning, sorta like my New Years!Pin It