New Years Blues

05 Jan

Happy New Year!  Okay, I’ll admit I’m a little late, but the wish still stands.  Why shouldn’t we be happy in the new year?  It’s a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, a time to make a positive change for the future.  Time to lose weight, eat healthier, and quit smoking/drinking/picking on your coworkers etc.  Time for the new you.
Every New Year people around the globe make resolutions regarding things they want to change.  That’s all well and good, but I hope you didn’t go and buy a three-year gym membership thinking it would motivate you, because it won’t.  And that e-cigarette?  You’ll lose it in a month and go back to the real thing.  And don’t get me started on choosing New Years Eve to quit drinking!  The biggest binge-drinking day of the year, and you think it’s going to inspire you to quit?  I don’t think so.
So now what?  Seems hopeless, right?  Bad habits die so hard, and good habits are so hard to develop.  Is there any hope?  Sure.  Don’t make resolutions.  Instead, try making goals that you can achieve.  Personally, I’m aiming for a finished book.  If I mead up by not writing anything for a week I can get back at it and call that week my personal indulgence.  Of course, that only works if I get back to writing, which is the entire point in the first place.
The fact is that anyone can make resolutions, and anyone can promptly break those resolutions.  Anyone can make smaller goals, too, but it’s harder to screw those up.  So, by all means, eat healthier and exorcise, cut back on smoking (or quit if you can), and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.  These are great plans, and anyone can do them.  Me?  I’m gonna get back to writing.

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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Rants


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