02 January 2012

My One Resolution for 2012

I've hesitated in writing about my resolutions for the New Year, mostly because I found myself at a loss for any real resolutions for 2012. However, I do always find it interesting to review the types of resolutions I felt were important at this time a year ago.

Here is last year's blog post: Resolutions for 2011

So, how did I do? Well, pretty damn average. Obviously, I chose these particular resolutions last year because they are a list of items that I regularly struggle with...expectations, forgiving and forgetting, letting go, and the grasp technology has on my life. Now, if I was to rate my approval on my last resolution about champagne and headbands, well, in that resolution, I did a stellar job (as evidenced from the picture above). Here's the thing, there were times in the past year I was successful at every single item on this list. There were other times I did a banged-up job of trying to accept that expectations of others can be tricky. Hell, I'm writing this on the second day of the new year and I'm struggling with that already. And so, that is the thing with resolutions, we always pick the things that are the most difficult for us, the things we feel like we need to improve on. Maybe I'm just tired of all the need for improvement, all the self reflection on our faults. And in light of that, I propose only one resolution for this year...

1. To not change one single thing. 

No, no, I'm not saying I'm perfect, but rather I'm saying, I don't want to make this list this year. I don't want to write about how I want to travel more or how I want to be more kind to my friends and family or how I want to exercise more...because, well, I'm generally happy. I'm doing the things I want to do in my life. I'm surrounded by fantastic friends and family. I don't collect regrets. I don't postpone saying what I want, sometimes at the chagrin of my friends. While 2011 was a rough year for me, there isn't one single moment I'd want to change. Of course, I'm being a little tongue-in-cheek here with my resolution, but there you have it. I'm going to continue to be reckless at times and apprehensive at other times. I'm going to wear my heart on my sleeve. I'm going to just be myself.

Here's a video to accompany by the lovely Ezra Furman and The Harpoons.

And on another note...(and inside joke)...Resolutions are meant to be broken, just like traditions. And I'm sure if the data exists, we'd find that most people break their resolutions in the first few days into the new year. Just sayin'.