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Thursday, January 1, 2009

A brand new year of ramblings


There is a saying in Italy: "What you do at New Year's, you'll do the whole year" - in other words, if your want to ditch cigarettes and booze in 2009, don't spend New Year's chain smoking and getting drunk (I can hear a chorus of "how else would you celebrate the New Year?"); and if your resolutions include losing weight and "everything in moderation", perhaps you shouldn't spend New Year's stuffing your face ("oh, that's how!") at a huge banquet with all of the foods you are getting ready to swear off as soon as you are ready to start on your impossibly unreal resolutions to be thinner, smarter, better organized and just nothing resembling your current self, really. No? Just me then?

Everybody is making a list of resolutions, things they want to accomplish in the New Year. Because that number one on the calendar is like a signal, like someone giving you carte blanche, and then you can do whatever you want do, be whoever you want to be, or become - it's like a new year gives you more freedom, like the beginning of the year is a new beginning.

And maybe it is. Or maybe we just like to find excuses for new beginnings, new chances to start over. And of course we all look for ways to motivate ourselves to start doing better, start being better, and why not? Motivation isn't the kind of thing you can just wait for. You need to go after it.

So here we are, at the beginning of a new year, going after motivation and going after our goals, after our better selves that we know - or at least we hope - are somewhere in our future. Oh, who am I kidding? Most people's idea or "better" these days means "richer, thinner, better dressed". How many people do you know who include "be kinder" in their New Year's resolutions? If it wasn't for the fact that being "green" is trendy right now, most people wouldn't even think of including that in their resolutions, either.

Oh boy. Maybe watching Six Feet Under while writing a new year-themed post wasn't the best idea. Then you come up with a sad, preachy thing instead of a nice, motivating, hopeful post. Because who wants to hear (or read) dark, preachy thoughts when they are trying to start the new year right? (That is - in a good mood?)

And I'm actually in a good mood, despite appearances :-) I started off the year just right, just as I wanted to. And while I know that my bad traits - like being a procrastinator and kind of a control freak - will resurface here and there, I'm hoping that it will be less than last year. And I'm hoping that I can improve myself this year. Because hope, that's what the new year holds, and why we like it so much. Because it tells us there's still hope, that we don't have to give up on our dreams and goals, we can hold onto them and we might just reach them, this year. And what more reason for a celebration could you ask for?

11 comments:

Hip Mom's Guide said...

A very refreshing New Year's post, actually. I think we'd all do well to re-think what "better" means to us. Happy 2009!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Enjoyed this post very much - how true it is!

Audrey - Mom Generations said...

WOW! Great post! It was very refreshing!
I also wanted to get in touch with you regarding the fashion post... the neck-to-waist ratio is not just for jeans to the waist. If you see the jeans I'm wearing at the end... those babies are right at my hips. I don't know the absolute logistics... other than it is (which I love) a magic fashion trick! :)
Love your blog... I have been a lurker for some time now!! :)
Have a great afternoon!

Keely said...

Great post! I don't really 'do' Resolutions. But I'd like to resolve to spend more time with family :)

La Mom said...

What a beautiful post about hope.
Thanks!

PS- I accidentally rejected your comment on my last post. Sorry! But thanks for commenting!

Amanda W said...

Love this, thank you for posting it. I didn't find it dark, but then, I'm a little on the black side all the time. ;)
I wish you well this year, I'm glad I found your blog.

Allison said...

I love the part about chain smoking and drinking...It's the same with people who are going to get in shape. They make it that much harder by eating everything in site over the holidays. Makes no sense...

Fon said...

Great post! 2009 WILL be better. And if it's not, then hey - there is always next year. I kid! 2009 all the way.

Sam said...

On New Year's Eve, I went to bed at 10pm! BORING! But I do hope to sleep earlier for the year of the kids will let me!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

bermudabluez said...

Hey! I loved Six Feet Under and wish it was still on! Just stopped in to say hello and Happy New Year!

teahouse said...

Very nice post, and happy new year! I'm just trying to take one day at a time at this point.

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