HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2015!
You know what the joy of being in the Middle (ST)age at the changing of the year is? Year after year? Decade after decade?
New Year's reminds us that we're another year older!
Whoo HOO! Pop the cork! Kiss your dog! Do a little dance! Bang the pots and pans together... wait... what?
Okay. That may not be the JOY... but, it is the REALITY.
Well. Come on. Reality isn't always bleak, is it? I mean, the reality is that the joy is more in our hands now. That's a good thing, right?
We have a little more perspective at this time about how life ebbs and flows and when the good stuff comes we pay more attention. Right?
So why in the deuce are we sabotaging ourselves with our New Year's Resolutions?
For instance, let's take a gander at the list of the usual suspects:
This year I am going to drink NOTHING but green juice for the first week of every month.
(Sure you are. When you start adding a scoop of vanilla bean to the spinach juice on the second day, you know it's going south.)
Okay, here's a good one.
This year I am going to dedicate 45 minutes each day to meditation. I bought the floor pillows already. ON SALE.
(A really good idea, but let's start with five minutes a day and see how it goes. And don't worry those floor pillows are great sleeping pads for the dog.)
Wait. Wait. I know!
This year I am going to write a novel. It's going to be based on the first time I truly fell in love and how my family reacted to my young love's brooding temper.
(OH FORGET IT. You know THAT ain't happening..)
Let's make a NEW, New Year's Resolution.
I resolve to resolutely restyle my resolutions.
(I also resolve not to be so alliterative)
We need to be a little nicer to ourselves.
Resolutions should be for you. Numero uno. We should quit trying to change the world all at once and just start in Middle (ST)age Baby steps.
Here are mine: (Feel free to steal them or please tell me what yours are below. I want to hear from you. We are truly all in this together!)
I resolve to actually go to the gym when I get the urge. See? The urge was ALREADY there, I just resolve to pay attention.
I resolve to be compassionate with myself so that I may be more compassionate with others. That's an easy one. I'm going to be easier on myself. Life is already hard enough!
I resolve not to throw my iPad across the room because every time I hit the shift key on this tiny tiny keyboard my whole screen disappears. Saving money on iPads. That's a no brainer.
But you get my point, right?
Set yourself up for success this year!
Allow yourselves to resolve things.
That's what a resolution is, after all.
Now, pop the cork! Tell me what you resolve, have some fun and please, resolve to watch Middle (ST)age New Year's. You'll feel better about yourself.
Middle (St)age is written by Stacia Fernandez and Jacob Pinion and can be seen in it's entirety on Stage17.tv. Follow Stacia at @Fernandezstacia -- follow her character Marina Lippon at @MarinaLippon or follow her page MIDDLESTAGE on Facebook. Just don't follow her around the grocery store. It makes her nervous.