Resolutions

One year when I was young (I don’t remember how old…elementary age), I asked my mom what her New Year’s resolution was.

She said she didn’t have one.

This struck me as odd. I thought all grownups HAD to have resolutions.

When I inquired further, she said something that has stuck with me since that day. She said she didn’t have a resolution because when she finds something that she needs to change, she makes the change that day, not on January 1. Why wait?

That made more sense to me than most things adults normally said, and I’ve attempted, as an adult, to follow that same model. There’s nothing wrong with having resolutions for the new year, but I don’t want to wait. If (when) I need to lose a few pounds, I’m starting now. If I want to read or write more often, I’ll sit down and get to it. This is true for any changes I want to make.

I understand the idea behind waiting until January 1. It’s a fresh start to the year, and it’s right after most of us have been gluttonous during the holidays. But the way I look at it, every new day is a fresh start. If I didn’t eat as well as I should have one day, if I skipped my workout because I was tired, if there is anything that didn’t go as planned one day, I’ll work to do better the next.

In that way, every new day becomes an opportunity to become the best me I can be.

This came to mind as my own children normally ask me about my resolutions this time every year. And I typically repeat the same thing my mom told me.

I don’t have any resolutions.

Happy New Year to you and yours! Make it the best day every day!