Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

New Years 2013

If you’re a regular reader, you’re probably wondering where the Mad About It Monday series has been the last two weeks…in honor of the holidays, I wanted to take a pause from the sarcastic complaining and focus on other things. Have no fear, the series returns on Monday January 4th.

Today is the final day of 2012. In looking at my Facebook feed, there seems to be a lot of mixed feelings about the end of this year. Some are grateful for the things that have happened in their lives this year while others are ready for 2012 to be in the rearview mirror, never to be seen again. Personally, this has been a pretty good year for our family. We celebrated C’s first birthday in February and got to experience the many marvelous aspects of her journey from infanthood to toddlerhood. Parenting this year was, by and far, my greatest joy. As we embark on 2013, I look forward to making many more memories with her.

I wanted to take a brief moment today to talk about resolutions. Every year, I witness friends and family waiting until the New Year to make changes that impact their day-to-day lives. The resolve to make those changes is always stronger around the first day of the new calendar and, more often than not, that resolve weakens as the weeks and months pass. Gyms become less full by March and all of those wonderful goals vanish until the end of the next year, when that resolve comes back again.

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we wait until a new year, the beginning of a new era (so to speak) to start what really should be started today? Why do we say that we resolve to spend more time with our loved ones, or visit the gym more often, or quit drinking, smoking, or anything else in our lives that needs improvement?

I stopped making resolutions at New Year’s because I think it’s important to evaluate where you are in life and what you should be doing throughout the year…not just when it ends. The fact of the matter is that we’re all on a clock and not one of us knows when our clock runs out so what are we doing wasting our time putting off the things that could be said or done until the New Year?

I think it’s great to make goals, I really do…and I have some goals that I would like to complete in 2013 but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them “resolutions”.

All that said, I wish you all the very, very best in the coming year. I can’t wait to share my life, my story with you.

2013

Happy New Year,

It’s An Ordinary Blog

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