It's early January - time for a New Year's Resolution! What should it be: exercising more? Eating right? Spending more quality time with the hubby? Writing in my journal every day? Washing the dishes immediately after they're used?
Those have all been resolutions at one point in my life or another. One year I had 14 resolutions. Not only did I forget 10 of them before January ended, but I set myself up for immediate failure. In all seriousness, how can one person accomplish 14 resolutions? One of them was to work hard in school so that I could someday go to college and study interesting majors. The other that resurfaced many years in a row was to stretch every day or practice yoga so that I could do a split. (Oh, how funny looking back...)
Most of my past resolutions have been influenced by my own history. But I have to admit, I'm in a new chapter of my life, with very different responsibilities and goals. I'm not going to look back and try to re-make the past. I didn't read a lot last year? Well, I'm not going to make myself read 3 books a month. I forgot to write handwritten letters to all my friends last year? Well, I'm not going to cramp my hand trying to do so this year.
Instead, I'm going to (try to) look at the present, and behave in a way that positively affects the future, specifically the future of my children and my marriage. History is great because you can learn from it, but I can't let it trip me up. Here's to 2012 moving forward! :)