The start of the a new year is a popular time for making resolutions. There’s that undeniable fresh start feeling at seeing January 1 on a calender. But how many resolutions are actually kept throughout the year? How many lose sight of those goals by late January and completely abandon them by February?
So while there is no “best time” to create resolutions, I’ve found that the days leading up to my birthday is a good time to reflect on accomplishments and plan for the road ahead.
On Health: About two years ago, I made a promise to myself to finally get in shape. During the first year, the weight came off steadily and it was exciting to see my body change. The second year ended being about maintenance and sticking to the routine. Now, in the third year, it’s going to be about being more conscious of what I eat and getting rid of those final stubborn pounds.
On Knowledge: Back in college, I used to be a voracious reader. Going through a classics phase, I gobbled up epic tomes like Lord of the Rings, The Count of Monte Crisco, Les Misérables, and Bleak House. Wanting to get back into that habit, I’ve started to list some books I’d like to take on for the first time and some stories worth revisiting.
On Relationships: Attending my ten year high school reunion was an eye opener in various ways. Social media has made keeping in contact and reconnecting with old friends easier than ever before. Yet, we still end up more distant than ever before because we forget about the intricacies of human interaction. It’s easy to hide behind a witty text or build an online personality that’s vastly different from the one we have in real life. My goal is to build new relationships and expand my social network while strengthening the friendships I have already.
On Dreams: One of the most frightening parts of getting older is realizing that some of the dreams you had may not be feasible. Like that one about living in a castle and riding ponies every where. Conversely, one of the most exciting parts is when new dreams come to fruition. Part of this new set of dreams is this blog – to work on it, watch it grow, and hopefully, learn and teach a few things along the way.
What are some of your goals? Remember, it’s never too late to start.