I keep seeing my friends on Facebook posting their New Year's resolutions, all the things they are going to do different this year... lose weight, get in shape, spend time with my kids, be a better person, be a better spouse, blah, blah, blah. While that is all fine and good, in the back of my head, I hear "that little voice" saying, "Really, you said the same thing last year and we both see how that ended."
We all know how this thing goes, you make the resolution and you do really good at it... for all of three weeks, four or five if you really try, but it always ends the same way, every stinking time. You fail, you get mad at yourself, you give up. It's human nature, it happens to all of us, you are not the exception to the rule, you are the rule. So much so, that even the big advertising companies play to this "fault". Have you noticed all the ads, recently, for gym memberships, Nutrisystem ads, ads to help you whiten your teeth, ads for "healthy" food products, it's all around us, the desire to "be better" and I am all for it. Be better, look better, eat better, but why only think about this when the calendar says to?
The calendar is nothing more than a record keeping tool. A way to keep track of days that have come and gone, a way to keep up with Doctor's appointments, soccer games, kids' work schedules, a way to remember your friend's birthday, a few pieces of decorative paper, bound together, in a book. Nothing more, nothing less.
A calendar should not dictate when you decide to eat "right", or when you start spending more time with your kids, when you decide to put more effort into your relationships or your job. Do those things every day, regardless of the date on a calendar.
See, we have the unique opportunity, as humans, to wake up every single day and know this is a brand new start, a new chance to right wrongs, a new chance to eat "right", a new chance to make the very best of what opportunities come your way. Every day can be a new start, you don't have to wait 'til the calendar tells you to "try harder, eat better, love more", you can do it right now and if you mess it up today, no worries, shake that ish off and try it again tomorrow.
That's why I will not be making a "New Year's" resolution, I will be making a daily resolution. Some days, my resolution may be something as simple as "put on something besides sweats today" and I'm OK with that. You don't have to be the perfect Mom/Spouse every day. Just be the best you, you can be and never stop trying and if you can honestly say that, nothing else matters, it will all fall into place. Make every day a new year and just enjoy being here.
Happy New Year!
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