Happy New Year! I’m glad to read your stance on resolutions; I’ve got a slightly different point of view, but one which works equally well, as far as I, my bank balance and scale can tell.
For years, I never bothered with resolutions, thinking exactly what you did: we start out with the best of intentions, mostly fueled by guilt and shame at our behaviour over the holiday period. Too much eating, drinking and making merry, and we’re all swearing upside down and sideways on New Year’s Day that we’re detoxing our minds, bodies and souls in penance, for the next 365 days, or perhaps even the rest of our lives, depending on the severity of our holiday “crimes”.
I knew, even as a young whippersnapper, that I was weak-willed and would never follow through. Therefore, each year, I sailed through New Year’s Day with no plans for saving myself. This arrangement suited me perfectly and I saw no need to change until I realized how much fun I was missing out on by having no goals to set or aim for.
This year, I made up my mind to have a resolution. Hang it all, I’d go all out and make more than one. I’d go for 2 or even 3! I was serious about it, and spent many stressful minutes wondering what my goals for 2013 were going to be.
It might come as no surprise to you to discover I’ve come up with the perfect resolutions. You may follow me, if you so choose. I’m willing to be the leader of this movement—I feel strong, in control and totally capable of seeing my resolutions through to at least the end of the year, if not further.
Take note. Here they are, in all their glory:
- Eat more
- Drink more
- Spend more
I’m pretty sure I’ll be good at the first two. Today being the 4th, I’m already feeling confident and surefooted. As to the third, it’s a bit of a wild card; what with all the sales on right now, it’s hard to spend a great deal, but I promise you, I’m trying, I’m really trying.
My plan for the year is to check in with you every month, to let you know how I’m faring. Wish me luck, but I have to say, I don’t feel I need it.
- The only resolution I ever kept (afterthekidsleave.com)