I hope each of you had a fun New Year’s Eve and no one ended up vomiting excessively or slipping in someone else’s urine (I say this because I almost ate it coming down a urine soaked staircase leaving a club….classy). Today is by far my favorite day of the entire year. It’s so full of promise. This year is perfect so far! Nothing has gone wrong yet!
Whatever happened last year is done and gone. We move forward to a year that has the potential to be a wonderful year or at the very least, be better than the last.
I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions anymore. The average person keeps a New Year’s Resolution for 120 days. Me, I eat one salad, hop on the scale, see no change, and decide to order a pizza (and cheesecake). My resolutions last about 47 seconds. It’s a waste of notebook paper to record them and dangerous for the annoying people who keep asking me what my New Year’s Resolution is this year.
I do however take stock of the previous year and decide what serves me and what doesn’t. As I do this recap, I think of my successes and know not to be stupid enough to be smug. Why? Because right after that, I review my failures. No sugar-coating, no embellishments, just what I screwed up. I actually out loud, exclaim “Ug!” at my stupidity over some of the idiotic things I’ve done and hope to hell I don’t repeat these mistakes.
Learning to let go is a skill most parents need. Only you can change certain things, only you choose how you react to things, and only you can start being the change you want to see. I know that’s a lot of “yous” and you are already exhausted. Take a deep breath….you got this. Take a nap, have a glass of wine, and review last year’s photos. I guarantee there was more good than bad, and this year is going to be even better.