Tuesday, January 4, 2011
New Year's resolutions are cliche. They are goals that are often set and rarely achieved. This is what personal experience has shown me over the years. So in recent years I've foregone concrete lists. Instead, I've kept my resolutions to vague phrases like "try new things" and "don't f*ck up". These phrases have kept the accountability much lower. Yet, after hearing numerous friends spout off their own goals for the year I caved. This morning I made an organized outline on Microsoft Word of my resolutions. I worked for an hour to articulate achievements that seemed reasonable yet challenging. My list is broken down into categories-- writing, reading, music, movies, gardening, cooking, travel, fitness, friends and family, and miscellaneous. This is a list meant to be revisited and revised. These are not rigid resolutions holding me hostage to expectations. They are resolutions created to help me see what's important. When life gets stressful and the unexpected happens it will serve as a grounding point; an anchor. Cheers to a new year and a new perspective on resolutions!