People have been making New Years resolutions since the invention of the calendar.
Resolutions are a way to start off on the right foot and break habits, get healthy or just try and be a better person. The new year is as good a time as any to make these pledges, so why not make them? Lose weight, stop smoking, go to church more, remember to feed the dog every day… these are typical promises that people make to themselves each and every year. Then they go for a walk and realize that exercise sucks and that those Christmas leftovers are still looking pretty good.
Resolutions are meaningless promises that start your year off as a year of failure. Simple tasks become impossible to achieve. But what about the extraordinary things that you are going to do? Does a fireman know that he is going to run into a burning building to save a cat? Does a pilot pledge to crash land a plane in a corn field? Not likely. But those things happen every single day.
So, each and every year I make 3 New Years resolutions. I make them about 350 days late. I reflect on the things that I have done during the year and pick out 3 highlights. This year was a tough one. I did a lot of cool stuff. I made a bunch of really cool roller derby posters that I was really proud of. I watched my daughter play an awesome season of volleyball and I almost got to drive a race car. I also read a new book every 2 weeks all year long and took my little brother to a concert on a school night. It was a good year.
So take a few days and think about the 3 resolutions that you would make for 2013 and make them proudly. Here are my New Years resolutions for 2013 (in no order):
1. Meet my family. For the first time.
Since moving to the south as a young adult I have had a tough time keeping in touch with the people I grew up with. We were so close growing up that we never really learned how to correspond very well. Now most of my cousins have grown up and started families of their own. Several babies were born over the past 3 years and in September I took my awesome family north and met them all at our Christmas themed family reunion.
2. Get Nationally published. Twice.
Thanks to my awesome job, I was published in 2 major design publications, HOW and Print. Sure I have done work that has been seen by a lot of people, but I was recognized by name for my work. That is a huge achievement for anyone. Hopefully I can repeat it.
3. Cook on a beach in the Caribbean. On my birthday.
I love to go on cruises. Most fun I can have. This year my wife impulsively booked us on a cruise. I went to the gym every day for months and saved up money to have the best time possible, and look fabulous. The whole time was a blast and was capped off with an excursion to Grand Bahama. I got to cook in a hut and have lunch by the sea with the most awesome person I know.
So there they are. My resolutions. How crazy would those sound on January 1?
“There can be an intense egoism in following everybody else. People are in a hurry to magnify themselves by imitating what is popular – and too lazy to think of anything better. Hurry ruins saints as well as artists. They want quick success and they are in such a haste to get it that they cannot take time to be true to themselves. And when the madness is upon them they argue that their very haste is a species of integrity.”—