I tend to make it a full week or more before letting a resolution slide. What I really do is forget about it. It’s not that the resolution itself is so difficult. Remembering to keep it up once the holidays have passed is a far greater challenge.
By the time you read this, there’s a good chance at least one of your New Year’s resolutions will have flown out the window.
Personally, I tend to make it a full week or more before letting a resolution slide. What I really do is forget about it. It’s not that the resolution itself is so difficult. Remembering to keep it up once the holidays have passed is a far greater challenge.
To that end, I only made one resolution this year. Better to focus on just one, than to let all my ambitions fall to the side by Feb. 1.
Sometimes it feels as though we don’t make any progress on our resolutions. They just come back each December and disappear again each January. But the end of the decade can make you reflect on these things, like the number of times you have sworn off that same old bad habit.
Ten years ago, I was 23 and working my first job out of college. It was Y2K, and every reporter on staff was required to work, just in case the world came to an end that night. Someone, we figured, would have to be on hand to write about it — even though we didn’t know who would be on hand to read it.
I don’t remember my resolutions that year, but I can guess that they probably included weight loss (a recurring theme) and career advancement. I couldn’t have known at the time, but 2000 ended up bringing me to Rockford, Ill. — to a bigger job and a skinnier me.
As the decade continued, I began to fulfill dreams I didn’t know I had. I became a columnist — who knew I had eight years’ worth of things to write about? — and I left the world of hard-core business reporting to write features. I traded in suit jackets and heels for yoga pants and slippers when I started working from home. Thankfully, I also traded in fattening business lunches and Friday Doughnut Day when I made that switch.
In the past 10 years, I’ve fulfilled dreams that seemed too big and far away to even consider at the age of 23. I’ve traveled to foreign countries, married, bought a home and become a mother.
Through it all, I’ve had a list of recurring resolutions that survived only to reappear on the next year’s list. But something must have clicked in 2009, because several didn’t need to come back this year. I have finally taken care of them:
Weight loss? Didn’t bother putting it on the list, because I’m already doing it.
Flossing? Picked up the habit this summer, when I read that flossing could prevent heart disease. Ironically, having my teeth fall out did not appear to be as much of an incentive as having my heart stop working.
Road rage? I seemed to have found my inner Zen in 2009.
Avoid trashy gossip mags? Having two kids in two years took care of that one for me. I have very little time or energy to keep up with the Kardashians.
Sticking to the budget? Well, maybe there’s one for 2011.
Rockford Register Star