On Resolutions and New Starts

As the clock struck midnight and 2013 turned into 2014, I looked around me and took in as much of the moment as I could and hugged my loved ones. There were fireworks exploding above us,  a cheering crowd surrounding us, and icy cold champagne in abundance. Yes! This is the stuff life is made of.

Now, in the cold hard light of day in a new January (I’m staring at it squinty eyed) I have a bit of time to look back, and forward.  I sit here contemplating life. And new starts. And resolutions. And all of the other things that a New Year encompasses (like promises to be better versions of ourselves, to work harder, to makes lists, set goals, to cross things off of said lists…I’ll start with the groceries).

Lots of people see the beginning of a new year as a new start – a way to ensure the past remains the past, and that infinite possibilities of the future rule the day. By the same token, there sure are a lot of folks who poo-poo the idea of New Years resolutions.

As for me, I love New Years, and I love resolutions. Here’s why:

1. The next year stretches vast in front of me – I can aim to have my own TV talk show or to lose 10lbs in the next trip around the sun, and I do truly believe, that if I set myself a time limit to have these things happen that they will.

2. Hope reigns supreme – by nature I am a hopeful person, this means that resolutions and New Years bring hope, wonder and joy all locked in the simple idea of ‘potential’. Unlimited happiness is ahead, surely!

3. It’s easy to throw the bad stuff from the past out the window and leave it there – yep, leaving the past behind, but having a reason to do so and a date to do it on makes giving up the ghost of past hurts a bit easier (at least for me). Life’s too short to hold onto the negative crap. New Years is a good time to just release it.

So there you have it – some of the reasons why I love New Years and resolutions. This year’s resolution(s)? Too many to mention. But don’t worry, I’ve made a list!


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