That comes from a kid song, the first graders used to sing. The next line is, “We break them every year.” As I have previously mentioned, I write down my New Year’s Resolutions. I keep my list in a journal, and check back on them frequently. I limit the list to five resolutions, and since “Be a good wife” isn’t on my list anymore, my focus can be on my present circumstances, and the continuation of trying to become a better version of myself. Here are my 2012 New Year’s Resolutions:
- Embrace Catholicism: pray daily morning and night, find a way to serve others and each month donate the “gift of the month” to Catholic Social Services
- Continue to get my life in order: nurture friendships and keep to a budget
- Walk regularly and ride my bike again
- Begin violin lessons
- Keep writing, even if it is only my blog
I have two pretty difficult goals. I already have my doubts about being able to keep the violin one. For one thing, it is in conflict with the budget part of #2. For another thing, I am not sure I can stick with the commitment. Playing the violin is on one of my Life’s Desires cards, though, and I thought that if I am going to actually start, I had better start soon. It may not actually be a Life’s Desire, and then I will know, and can move on. The other difficult one is #3.
Walking and riding bikes were two things I did regularly in my previous life. I did one or the other daily, for years. My first, second, and third grade students knew about my commitment to exercise, and in 2004, they gave me an Electra cruiser bicycle for Christmas. I recorded the miles I have ridden. I logged over 7,000 miles on that bike. When I moved back east, I had my bike shipped, but it has been parked in my tiny-tiny out-back house, and I have not ridden it in well over a year. Overcoming the emotional connection with my past life, and getting back to bike riding may not happen for a while, but I thought about it today, so I may be getting closer.
It’s probably good to have one or two lofty resolutions. It gives a person something to work toward, and makes a person challenge oneself. Seriously…do I need some more challenges?