I know I have not posted for quite some time. Health reasons and other factors badly got in the way the last 1/4 of 2017. I imagine it may have been the same way for others too.
However, for the others, why did you not? Laziness, disinterest, lost focus?
Okay, stop beating yourself up about it. This is a whole New Year and you can start again. We all can and it doesn’t even have to be a New Year.
Why we all jump on the bandwagon and often set ourselves up for failure by making promises to ourselves we know inside we cannot keep on January 1st has always been something that has never made much sense to me.
Why should it? People every day manage to set a path for satisfaction by starting something that is new, scary and who knows? They start a new job, get attached, have their first child, sign up for that weight-loss program and a stack of other things and it certainly is not January 1st when they start.
We can all do this if we really want to. Yeah, it’ s fun to throw yourself into a heap of stuff, but are you certain you will finish it? For instance last year, my cousin, full of vim, vigor and too much champagne, made her resolution known to the rest of the family. She would give herself two weeks to get into shape for a half-marathon.
Okay so the half-marathon was for older people and was only 5 kilometers, with a swim at the end. But 5 kilometers is 5 kilometers and a damn long way when you haven’t run any distance for 20 years.
The first day of training she managed to trot 1 kilometer and had to be picked up by car. The next day she managed to push aside all the aches and pains and achieve 1 and 1/2 kilometers. The third day she was bedridden for that day and the next.
By the end of the week she could just manage to trot 2 kilometers and that was because she wasn’t going to admit defeat. Long story short, she managed the marathon. Only to collapse after the finish line and spend a few days in hospital.
It didn’t turn out like she had imagined. Often things we think will make us happy do not.
I don’t mean that meanly. What I mean is sometimes what we think will make us happy does not or disappoints us so badly we never try again.
Sometimes however, if we tweak these plans/resolutions as we start work on the plan, then sometimes we come up with a much better ending.
With my cousin, she would have been so much better had she devoted a little time to getting ready to run or, in her case, trot.
But, whatever you resolve to do this coming year, try to make it as much fun as you can. If it is writing books, resolve to finish them. If it is getting healthy, take your time and try to stay off fad diets. They do not help your body in the long run and quite often may have a devastating long-term affect. If you want a new job that pays better, make it part of your resolution to find out what you need to do before blindly applying for one.
I don’t make resolutions. But one of my plans is to post far more regularly than I have been this year.
So, to everyone out there, have a wonderful start to 2018!
Regards and warmest wishes.