This time of year for many people is when they begin making New Year’s resolutions.
I can honestly say that in the past I was one of those people. I talked about losing weight, doing more traveling, and all the other typical things people like to say when the new year is approaching. This year, however, I don’t think I’m going to bother with a list.
When January 1 comes, I will be perfectly content to not stress about all the things I said I was going to change and then decide not to follow up on. I figure I will do what I have done for the last several years, which is make a resolution when the moment strikes me. Who says you have to do all of it at once? Who says there is a need for all of them at once?
I think trying to accomplish five or six different resolutions in the first couple months each year is just asking yourself for too much. This is why I think there are a lot of people who give them up. Ever heard the expression “pace yourself?” That is what I plan to do.
Yes, I have goals for 2014. Yes, I want to see them completed. No, I will not kill myself in order to do so.
Everyone has areas of their life they want to improve, and it’s my opinion that you are lying to yourself if you say there isn’t at least one. I want to be healthier next year. I have already started on that particular goal by eating better and trying as much as possible to get some exercise. I did not include going to the gym in my list, because I have a membership to one, but it’s really been hard to fit it into my schedule. Sure, going to the gym will help me in the getting healthier department, and I’ll go when my schedule permits. I am not going to be the person that resolves to go three or four times a week, sorry that’s just not feasible.
Resolutions should be realistic as well.
I’m not going to resolve to be the Queen of England, or something crazy like that. I won’t be resolving to win American Idol (because anyone unfortunate enough to hear me sing knows that will never happen.) I like resolutions that are attainable.
I want to spend more time with family and friends, and other small things in life. Because I think it’s the small stuff that counts.
Whatever the new year holds, I wish everyone a happy new year and best of luck with your New Year’s resolutions.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.