This is my third “New Year” as a blogger. So, this is the third time I’ll share with you my philosophy about New Year’s resolutions.
I don’t like them. I don’t like making them and so I rarely do. I don’t like the societal pressure that comes with this time-honored tradition. I don’t like that when I have given in and participated in the past, I have never, ever stuck with my resolutions for very long.
It seems that in my many years as a yo-yo dieter, when January 1 rolls along, I’ve usually got some extra rolls of my own. That I again commit to getting rid of, once and for all. Same old, same old. There I sit, having
turned the page on my started a new calendar, on the back side of a long season of holiday (over)eating, filled with a sense of renewal at a new start for a new year. Yada, yada, yada. So, as you might have guessed, like much of the general populace, I have time and time again resolved to lose weight. To diet to end all diets. Or, as in recent years, as I have evolved more than I resolved, to “adopt a healthy lifestyle.” Permanently.
Cue maniacal laughing.
The truth is, much as I sit here and rebel and resolve not to resolve anything, in the back of my mind, buried somewhere with the little voice that cries out for bagels and bread, is the thought that a resolution can be a good thing. And that I should give in to that, not the cravings that are all too often sharing brain space.
But, oh, I don’t ever keep those darn resolutions when I make them! So maybe my resolution this year is that simple: keep a resolution! But of course I’d have to make one first.
I see the attraction. New year, new start. And I very much admire those who do make resolutions. (And I’ve seen some great ones in the blogworld recently. Quite impressive actually.) Hey, I’m all for us each finding what works. And finding motivation wherever we can. Setting goals – great. Making changes – woo hoo. But not so much for me. The change and motivation part I’m fine with. But the whole “it’s the first of the year so I will resolve…” part. Eh – not so much. Maybe it’s my inner rebel. Maybe it’s laziness. Maybe it’s my pragmatic nature.
Honestly, I do have some things I want to do. Changes I want to make. If shouting them from
the rooftops my blog on January 1 2 would make them a self-fulfilling prophecy, I’d be screaming them to you right now. But I know that commitment for me comes from somewhere else. Not sure exactly where that is, ’cause I’m still looking. I would love to say that my blog has provided me with the accountability and motivation to do all I set my mind to do (be it January 1 or any other time of the year). But as fun as it is, I just can’t attribute magical powers to blogging. Or… to resolutions either.
So, in conclusion, just in case you were wondering where I was going with all this blather, I do not “resolve.” But, I am resolute! Which, according to more than one online dictionary, makes me determined and unwavering. And we all know we should believe everything we read online!
Happy New Year to you all!
Photo credit [Marty Coleman]