Like most bloggers, the first post of the year is going to be dedicated to my hopes and plans for the coming year. Obviously, one of my resolutions isn't to come up with imaginative and creative titles for posts. Let's just take things one step at a time ...
As a life-long New Year's resolution maker, I'm pretty on the fence with the whole thing this year. I'm a complete advocate for reflecting on previous experiences and moving forward with something positive, but as someone highly self-critical, this yearly ritual doesn't bring out the best qualities in me. On another point, in a recent conversation about said ritual, a friend declared they have no idea why someone would wait for NYE to make a change for the better. Well I happen to agree in part. In the words of Natasha Bedingfield, "today is where your book begins". Not tomorrow or next week. I think if you want to change something in your life you shouldn't use the 'diet mentality'.Tomorrow will never come. There will never be a perfect time. If its such a big issue, you can start whenever you want. My friend then went on to say people only make New Year's Resolutions because it's the normal convention. Because you make them as a result of everyone else making them, chances are you don't have the right mentality to stick to them, and so result to nibbling your nails or reuniting yourself with your credit card.
Its at this point, I had to disagree. Stepping outside my independent women stance and being truly honest, I like support. Scratch that, I need support, especially in the initial stages of starting something. The sense of collective and unwavering support the New Year brings is up with London 2012. It happens once in a blue moon, and so surely if your going to do something, you should pick the best possible circumstances to do it. That's just plain logical. Talk to anyone in your local (well, maybe not my local...) on NYE and they will beam the brightest ray of positive sunshine on your resolutions. Anything is possible if you have the desire and the support available to you. After all, Jedward did come 8th in the Eurovision.
My point is that yes, if you want something to change, you shouldn't let a time frame, say Monday or even the New Year dictate to you when that change should happen. A minute is as valuable as the next. But, sometimes with a little encouraging nod, people succeed. Not because they didn't have the desire to do it alone, but because they just needed support and reassurance to get the confidence to do something hard. Without any of your support, I mostly likely wouldn't still be writing TCW, so I'd like to thank you for reading, hope you continue to visit me and see what I have to say and wish you a successful 2014 in whatever you wish to pursue (unless its mean, or illegal).
So without further adue, here are my resolutions:
- Grab every single opportunity that comes my way.
- Stop settling for good, and aim for great.
- Do one thing every single that that makes me smile.
- Believe in myself.
- Get perspective. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Have you made any resolutions?