By Jamie Rieger
No matter how much time and effort one dedicates to keeping those New Year’s resolutions, it seems that by mid-January, they are all but forgotten about.
They seem like good ideas at the time; promises to lose weight, spend more time with family, finish all those partially-completed projects from last year…or the year before that.
I, for one, have not made a resolution on Dec. 31 for many years because I know full well that whatever goal I say I am going to achieve in the coming year, it likely will not happen. My personal history, which has repeated itself more than once, tells me that I will go full-bore on something for a period of time. Then, the daily routine of my life takes over and the project or self-improvement quest gets set aside. So, I just don’t make those unrealistic plans any more.
Instead, I will do these things throughout the year; work on what I know I can achieve and not pay any attention to those I know I can not. And, I am definitely not paying attention to any side-project that does not bring me some level of enjoyment, satisfaction, or sense of accomplishment.
I continue to be a work in progress when it comes to certain aspects of my life and some of you will know what that is; but, who doesn’t? We all of areas that we can improve upon. None of us are perfect, after all and none of us are the same as anybody else out there. It is our uniqueness and imperfections that make us interesting individuals. Or, at least that’s how I see it.
Strive for excellence or expand your knowledge on a favourite topic, sure, but you don’t have to make some vow on Dec. 31 to do that. If you want to pick up a new hobby, you can do that in February, June, or October just as easy.
While you’re at it, be sure to embrace what it is that makes you unique. For that is what makes each of us who we are and not a clone of the next person.