Each and every year on New Year’s, many people vow to make significant and meaningful changes in their lives: “I am going to lose 20 lbs”, “I’m going to stop smoking cigarettes (among other things)”, “I am going to be more positive”, “I will try to keep in touch with family and friends more often”, and nowadays even “I’m going to try to use technology less and use old fashion communicating more”. All of these promises or hopes for the New Year are often well intended but few resolutions come to fruition. So as 2013 comes to an end, why don’t we try saying “this may be a New Year, but I am the same me, and that’s ok!” The problem with resolutions is the pressure we feel to complete the tasks we put forth for ourselves yet that very pressure becomes more like a self fulfilling prophecy. Yes, I personally have weight to lose, I’d like to use technology less when communicating with family and friends and being more positive in difficult situations wouldn't hurt, but I won’t set a hard deadline for when these things need to be accomplished and I won’t feel too bad if life happens and some or even all don’t get done. What I want on January 1st 2014 is the same that I wanted on January 1st 2013 – to be happy, surrounded by people that I love and who love me back, to follow my dreams and to aspire for greatness in all things, to live life to the fullest, and to always try to take things one day at a time, grateful for each day I am given.
I would like to wish all of my family, friends and readers a Happy New Year! I hope 2014 brings you much love, peace and prosperity!