I’m not good at New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not my fault; they set me up for failure. Okay, maybe I set myself up – but there is really no need to point fingers. I just don’t do New Year’s resolutions.
So, this year I’ve decided instead of planning to loose twenty pounds and then eating a brownie (or a whole pan of brownies) I will do something different. I am making a list that includes fifty-two weeks of opportunities to do something new each week.
We are all constantly trying to reinvent ourselves, especially this time of year. Everywhere you turn the media and even your best friend asks “what are your New Year’s resolutions?” Can you make yourself thinner, better, happier? I think the question should not be what can you change about yourself, but what can you add to the existing package? Life is a journey, and that journey can be filled with sameness or new and exciting details. For me, until I am on the other side of the dirt, I plan to try everything I can to learn more, see more, and keep life interesting.
One of the first things on my list is a new job since I was laid off last fall. I’m really looking forward to the change from one job to another and from being home for a while to working again. Other things on my list include new and healthy foods, new exercises, new friendships, renewal of old relationships, but mostly a new outlook on life.
My birthday this February is a major mile stone. I’m not getting any younger, who is? But, can I make myself newer? I am promising myself that the new things will be good for my life. Cardinal John Henry Newman said: To live is to change, to be perfect is to change often.
I’ll never be perfect, but here is to change and something new.
Peggy Chambers lives in her hometown of Enid, Oklahoma with her husband and dog Athena. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. and always has a story floating around in her head just waiting to come out. http://peggylchambers.wordpress.com/