It's hard to imagine we've closed the books on another holiday season and have officially begun a New Year. Perhaps it was the insane December weather but by the time I was into the holidays they were gone and we'd already ushered in 2016. So with the blink of an eye we begin anew.
Now, I'm not going to expound on the notion of reinvention or rediscovery. I think we could probably agree those thoughts have already traveled through our minds. What's interesting to me about the resolution phenomenon is that they are almost always made as an incentive to take better care of ourselves. We stare at the clock waiting for midnight, telling ourselves this New Year is going to be the one. We're going to read more, work out regularly, try to be less stressed, seek new horizons. But for some of us, a few weeks pass and we've already deviated from that new path and fallen right back into our old routines. We submit and in submitting lose sight of the real goal of our resolution - to be happier.
I can't say I have some advanced theory on how a resolution should play out. I can't even say deviating from our resolutions is impossible to avoid. Allow me to use a bicycle analogy which will be simple in its cheesiness -
For many of us, riding a bicycle was our first true sense of freedom. As soon as we learned to propel the bike forward without falling the familiar world dropped away and a new, exciting world revealed itself. Our bikes allowed us to go places we normally wouldn't (legs are a slow escape) or couldn't (little legs cover less ground). We could explore. We were fearless.
As adults we take for granted these small, albeit significant events from our childhood. We relegate those victories as little because we were little. But think about it in relative terms. When you were learning to ride that first bike you inevitably fell and hurt yourself. It may have hurt enough to keep you from wanting to learn but with a helping hand you tried again. You were determined. You had purpose. You didn't allow time or weather to keep you from trying again. You learned on your own terms and adventures ensued.
For 2016 consider that little determined kid. Don't allow your happiness to become a victim of weather and time. Instead, think of your happiness as a bike that's momentum must be maintained to avoid toppling over. Think of it as a new and exciting world.
HAVE THE HAPPIEST OF NEW YEAR'S. And when in doubt, read more Shel.