I have always been the person to cringe at the cheesiness of making a New Year’s resolution. That common annoying question, “And, what’s your resolution going to be this year?,” that only strangers seemed to ask. I would just think of some generic response, knowing I had no intention behind it. For some reason, it made me uncharacteristically morose. It couldn’t just be the fact that I loathed the beginning of January because of the crowded gyms. Or how every commercial seemed to shove this resolution we should be making down our throats. There was something more behind it.
When I think of it, I never really made a New Year’s resolution. I always had the thought of things I wanted to ‘change’ or work towards, but never with real intent. No plan, no thought of action throughout the year, no nothing. It was forgotten as quickly as I forgot about those cute pair of shoes hidden back in my closet. So with every year passing, the slight tinge of dolefulness set in when that same ol’ question kept being asked.
But, there’s something in the air this time. And no, I swear I didn’t watch one too many holiday movies or overdose on eggnog. There’s something to be said for making a resolution. For taking a moment in your life and examining the things you want to make better. It’s the end of one chapter, a year of your life that you can look back on. Good and bad, you can learn from it. You can choose the story you want to write. The better part of this, the more hopeful part, is that you have the chance to start a new chapter. Sure it can be a “to be continued,” but it can also be the beginning of something new and fresh.
Call it in the optimist in me, but I’m going to make a New Year’s resolution. It won’t be just words this time. There will be meaning behind it and action towards it. And with this, I wish you all a beautiful and purposeful New Year xoxo. Happy 2015.