On average, it takes me about a month to give up on my New Year’s resolution.
Don’t roll your eyes. I bet most people reading this either don’t make resolutions or don’t follow through on them.
I begin with the best of intentions. Take last year for example, when I planned to work out at least five times a week. I started going to the gym the first week in January. I made it three times that week, my best intentions already faltering. By February I was rationalizing my way to twice a week. By March, it was once a month at best. Every trip to the gym was a blaring reminder that I had failed my resolution.
This year, I am trying something new. I have found that the more you focus and fine-tune your resolution, the less likely you are to follow through. So for 2012, instead of just going to the gym or trying new things I am making a very broad, encompassing resolution: Take care of myself.
This hits all the major resolution points. I want to read more, exercise when I can, and start cooking more than just two meals a week. I want to enjoy the little silence I do get, take more pictures outside of work, and explore Kentucky a lot more than I have. I want to travel a little, to see a couple new places this year. And I think I am also going to make an extra effort to be happier.
There’s a lot more on that list. The point is, as long as I focus on the big picture, any off day or bump in the road can be taken care of. If you set the bar too high, you are never going to follow through, and you will find yourself wondering where you went wrong next December.
So maybe I buy myself a massage in the spring, when stress gets just a little higher. Maybe I lose a few pounds at the gym. Maybe by the end of next year, I could double as a professional photographer. The biggest maybe of all is the most important. Maybe, just maybe, I will smile a little more. What else could you ask for?
Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652.