First let me apologize for missing my column last week, I was distraught as I was fired after my first day on the job as a headline writer. But I’m better now.
So here’s the funny thing about a new year, it’s filled with endless possibility and high expectations. So, if that’s funny, this should be hysterical -- the transition is really no different than any other day. For instance, this year once again Monday turned to Tuesday, it also just happened to go from 2012 to 2013. I suppose that’s significant ... in the aging process.
I know a lot of folks target the new year to start a change they want to make. Whether it’s lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with the family, get organized or (my favorite because it’s extremely vague) enjoy life to the fullest, people set Dec. 31 as the last day of the old ways and Jan. 1 as the first day of the new ways. I applaud you, I really do ... if you can make it stick. But 25 percent of you won’t make it seven days, 40 percent of you won’t make it past the first month, and before the air starts getting warm again 60 percent percent of you will be proclaiming the new year a stink bomb.
OK, it might sound like I’m getting all down in the mouth about the new year, but I’m not. In fact I think you will find what I’m about to say quite inspirational (and you shouldn’t expect anything else inspirational for the rest of the year, it’s exhausting). If you look at the new year less as a calendar event and more of that transition from one day to the next then you can start anew whenever you want. Sure it’s nice to set a target, don’t get me wrong, but if you’re one of those people that won’t make it past seven days, not to worry -- if at first you don’t succeed try, try again.
Brad Paisley once said, "Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one." For me, you can start that book any day of the week, month or year for that matter. Again it’s nice to have a target date that’s neat and clean and easy to find like New Year’s Day. But if it doesn’t happen, just set your sights on the following Monday, or for that matter Wednesday. It truly doesn’t matter, it’s your thing -- make it happen and don’t drop it into a "fail" box if you don’t make it. If your goal is to lose weight, brilliant. But chances are that you’ve been needing to lose weight for a while and to expect that when the ball touches down in Times Square there is going to be some magical overnight transformation is kind of silly. So on day three when you eat that bags of chips, yell out an expletive if that sort of thing helps and hit the reset button and start again.
The first step to change is making the resolution, so if you made one, congratulations, you’re now one step closer to achieving it. It takes 21 days to create a habit -- that’s something you should remember. So if quitting smoking is your resolution, remember, it took 21 days to start the habit and it’s gonna take at least that to wrap your head around not doing it anymore. All this being said, I’m not giving you excuses to be hard on yourself. You should be hard on yourself, especially if it’s got to do with getting healthy.
All I’m trying to say is, it may take you more than one try to get there. If it does, don’t stop, just keep going -- you don’t need an end-of-the-year event to effect some change in your life. You’ve taken the first step, now you just need to keep on walking. If you trip, stand back up, brush yourself off and just keep trucking.
So here’s to getting everything you wanted out of 2013. You should also keep in mind that a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other -- what the hell is up with that?