In the past I have put a lot of pressure on the new year. Making a new new years resolution or three can be a great idea, but it can also be frustrating and disheartening. I always find myself making these big resolutions that are nearly impossible to follow through or maybe not impossible, but they feel impossible.
I think that we all tend to view the new year as a clean slate and we feel the need to mark it with grand resolutions. I think we forget that each new day can be a clean slate. We do not have to wait for the new year to start over. And we do not have to make great, big resolutions. You don’t have to make a resolution that in 2017 you will learn a new language, teach yourself to play the violin, lose/gain weight and travel the globe. When you reach the end of 2017 and maybe haven’t been able to accomplish any of these goals most likely you, like myself, would feel like a failure.
So instead, we could resolve to learn one new word in a new language every week, listen to more classical music, eat healthier and visit one new place this year. Less is often so much more. Even if your resolutions are silly or small like mine. This new years I have resolved I will have mastered three things by the end of 2017.
1. I am going learn to rap the entire theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
2. I’m going to learn how to apply perfect winged eyeliner to myself.
and 3. I’m going to memorize Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allen Poe.
Simple, I know, but this year, I decided that I wasn’t going to start the year by setting myself up for failure. Instead I’m choosing not to take the new year as seriously as I normally do. My resolutions are silly, but doable. They won’t cause me stress and I’ll have fun working on them. And I plan on treating each new day, or hour or even minute if I need to, like a clean slate.
This new years I encourage you to put less pressure on yourself and have fun with your resolutions. If you make a mistake or feel like a failure try to remember that each new day, hour or minute can be fresh start.
Happy New Year!