Happy new year, you. It comes once every 365 days, at the end. And then it is gone in the blink of an eye. Just like that, and the next second…it’s a whole new year. Are you prepared? Well, you should be. You’ve got over 24 hours to think back on 2011 and really ponder about what you did, what you didn’t do, what you wish you did, and what you could take back.
Of course, what you’re thinking is: “next year I’m going to make things right, I’m going to exercise more, I’m going to travel more, I’m going to eat less carbs.”
According to http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml these are some of the top New Year’s Resolutions in the country: “manage debt, eat more healthy, lose weight, save money, take a trip, manage stress, get a better job, volunteer to help others.”
But why do we wait to the end of the year to do start this? What about January 1st screams redo? It’s simply, just another day. Do I, or you expect, as if by magic at 12 midnight a reset button to undo the past year, and all of us begin from scratch? I’m sorry, but…I’m still going to have debt come January 1. I’m still going to probably eat carbs, I’m probably going to gain weight after the holidays, and I will squander money away on silly things, and I will take more trips, I will probably always have stress in my life, and as far a job goes…? I’ve got the one I got. And if I volunteer to help others, cool. If not? Oh well.
But the bottom line is…I should try to do these things because it’s a new year. It’s a new beginning. It’s almost as if it’s expected, and something in the air demands it. At least for the first week of the year.
Some religious or spiritual practices ask of it. For example, during Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), one is to reflect over one’s wrongdoings for the past year, and seek redemption. The act of a New Year’s Resolution is not entirely religious, more or less a thing one does each year.
So, here it goes…these are some of my New Year’s Resolutions:
I plan to eat better. I plan to be a better son. I plan to be a better best friend. I plan to be less judgmental/critical of others. I plan to be more in touch with God. I plan to figure out what I will or will not do about my school. I plan to let go of the hurt loving someone has cost me this past year. I plan to try new things. I plan to eat different types of food, as long as they are not spicy. I plan to travel more, and more, and more. I plan to laugh more. I plan to stay sober one more day. I plan to dance more. I plan to watch more sunsets by the beach. I plan to read more. And…I plan to write more…
I am, after everything is said and done…a writer.
So, here’s to a whole new year. Granted that the Mayans got it wrong, let’s hope 2012 brings you and I new adventures.
Happy New Year, You…