Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New beginnings - Or Not

9:28 PM

Today is January 1st,  the day that Americans lie to themselves and declare that starting today, they are going to do better:

  • eat better
  • work out more
  • be nicer to your mother
  • do your laundry on a regular basis as opposed to when you run out of clean draws
  • put gas in your car before the light comes on
  • stop playing on the internet while you're at work
  • lay off the purple drank
It's a new beginning.  The first day of 2013 - and everyone is all new and shiny.

Except we aren't.  Today is yesterday's tomorrow, as it was yesterday and the day before that.  While it is really easy to say that I'm going to be a better person this year, it's unrealistic.   The same things that stopped you from "doing right" yesterday are there today.

  • fattening food tastes good and is typically quick and easy
  • working out requires time and energy and who has that
  • she's still going to do whatever she did that made you cranky in the first place
  • laundry is always going to suck
  • sometimes stopping for gas is a ginormous pain in the butt
  • internet makes work more fun
  • purple drank is delicious and is not just for kids
The above issues don't magically go away because it's 2013.  Your taste buds don't know it's 2013.   And trying to make a dramatic change that doesn't really fit your life or who you are is a set up for failure.  I hate failure, so I choose not to "resolve" anything just because it's 2013.  Yes, there are some things I would like to accomplish.  I'd like to pay off debt, I'd like to be more in shape, I'd like to write more.  But not because it's 2013, because those things are necessary for me to move forward in life.

*Ed note - Not all of the above bullets are autobiographical, but purple drank is delicious.  I should never have bought it.  It's even worse because I sing "purple drank" every time I open a can. Also, because I am a lame, when I say purple drank, I really just mean grape pop.

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