‘Tis the season to set New Years Resolutions that will attempt to create an entirely new you. However, why we make all these promises to ourselves when it’s the dead of winter with no vacation in sight, and when most of us will spend the first day of the year sobering up with a Big Mac and french fries, is something that I’ve given up trying to understand. Obviously, goals are good, but the first of the year holds a lot of pressure. We are attempting to get back into the groove of normal life. I mean for most of us we are just trying to pay off that enormous Christmas credit card bill and drag ourselves out of bed in the freezing cold to get to work. Or trying to forget about old aunt Milly’s comment about our martial status for the third year in a row. Honestly, the last thing we need are a bunch of crazy expectations about being a “new you.” Yes, we are going to pitch our 2015 calendars and put up the 2016, but this doesn’t mean this is your only chance in 2016 to make a new start. If you feel up for it, great. But realistically January 1st is just another day. I decided to get my fitness in order on November 14th. Why? Because that’s when I was ready to.
Don’t get me wrong there are things I hope to accomplish in 2016 such as learning to parallel park in Chicago (Don’t laugh. I grew up in bumblefuck Iowa, and I’ve only had to do it once in my life. And yes it was in Driver’s Ed.) I also hope to create my own website and get hitched without too much drama. But on January 1st, 2016, I plan to sit on my duff, read a book, drink hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, and enjoy a rare winter’s day off. I won’t be running at the crack of dawn. I won’t be cleaning my closets or attempting to be a better me. I’m going to be cool with where I’m at and employing full Scarlett O’Hara tactics… “After all tomorrow is another day.”
If a New Years resolution must be started on the first day of the year because you can’t imagine not having something, make it to be kinder to yourself. I think that’s a resolution definitely worth trying.