New Year’s, bah humbug! I hope you find joy and and excitement in starting fresh…while I’m over here still working on my resolution from 3 years ago-to be more patient with my daughter. Ha! If anything, my patience has worn thinner. I think perhaps the addition of a second child did nothing to achieve the Mother Theresa-like patience I had originally hoped for. And come to think of it, I think I still have an unachieved resolution from my teen years to lose weight…hmm…I’m definitely not the lithe, Barbie-like figure I had hoped to be by now.
I have always hated making New Year’s resolutions…maybe I’m just an underachiever, but I really don’t see the point. Statistics show most people don’t keep their resolutions longer than, what, a week? Maybe a month? Don’t let me bring you down-if you’re truly determined, you can do it! But don’t make a resolution just for the heck of it. You have to be tenacious and work at it. It may not happen in a week, a month, or even a year. I’m sorry to say, I will probably always have a temper and be short of patience. Hopefully, I’ll improve with time, but it won’t be overnight.
I don’t know about you, but I’m daily aware of my shortcomings. Whether it be my appearance, my figure, my parenting, my characteristics, or any number of things…I know where I am lacking and I prefer not to dwell on it. It’s a daily struggle for me to be kind, patient and loving, not to overindulge, to be hardworking, and make healthy choices. Next New Year’s Eve, I don’t want to look back on my 2016 self with even more self loathing than I’ve mustered thus far in life, just because I didn’t achieve a resolution to my satisfaction. I’m not saying I won’t continue to try and lose a couple pounds or to be more patient with my daughter(s)…on the contrary, I strive towards those achievements every day.
Don’t beat yourself up, now or next year…do the best you can, taking it a day at a time, whether it is New Year’s Eve or not. We’re all a work in progress. 🙂
What’s your take on resolutions? Did you make one this year?