Those who know me will tell you I am a New Year's resolution kind of person. Each year, I get up early on January 1st to craft my personal action plan for the coming year. I won't try to convince you of the merits of writing down your New Year's resolutions. If you are the kind of person that sees the benefit, you are already doing it. If not, no amount of cajoling or statistical presentation is going to convince you. But I love New Year's Day and making my yearly resolutions list but I have one question, why is the start of the new year in winter? Isn't spring the beginning of all things new?
I don't get it...maybe you can help me understand. Why do we celebrate the start of the new year during the dormant season? Yes, I know it has something to do with the calendars created by the Romans hundreds of year ago but we move time around twice a year. Why can we declare another date for New Year's Day? A date that is a little more weather friendly.
I see why people have a hard time succeeding at the number one NYR in this country...losing weight. You get all excited about exercising and eating properly and then the temperature drops to 20 degrees with snow covering the roads. No wonder you skip the gym in the morning and order pizza in the evening...baby it's cold out there. Or worse yet, you decide to train for a triathlon and the lake freezes. Now what? Along with your wet suit, you must pack an ice pick.
I am behind on creating my resolutions list. Instead of making it a late night on December 31st, we invited friends over for Southern cooking, champagne and good conversation on January 1st. We had a grand time but it disrupted my resolution ritual. I am just going to get over the part about starting something new in the dormant season and my deferred ritual and put on my thinking cap. Now is the time to explore what is really important to me for 2013. Once it is clear in my mind and on paper, I will share with you the promises I am making to myself. Maybe we can even compare NYRs or if you don't make resolutions, you can hold me accountable.