Maybe it’s my age (40), or my personality (matter-of-fact), but I stopped making new year’s resolutions several years ago (though last year I did make Christmas resolutions). Yes, I understand how the prospect of a new year makes us feel contemplative of the previous year. And I understand that this leads to us wanting to better ourselves/our lives in the future. But why should January be the month you begin eating healthily, lose 35 pounds, show patience or learn a new skill?
Life is not made up of stops and starts. It does not pause in December and begin anew in January. Life is continuous (I’m sure you’ve noticed). We keep going. We keep trying. Maybe it helps some people to write down their resolutions for the new year. But I’m sure it hurts many of those who struggle to fulfill their resolutions. So I say, forego those new year’s resolutions. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to be happier, thinner or richer in the next 12 months. Don’t feel like you need to learn to play the ukulele, take up power yoga or become the best parent in the world. Just be you.
And if you really want to enrich your life, start this very minute. If there’s something you want from life, go and get it. There’s nothing magical about the 1st January. Or you could be like me, and skip the resolutions altogether. And if you really want to make a list – write a grocery list. I don’t know about you, but my kids are eating me out of house and home.
Have a happy new year! xx