To Hell With New Year’s Resolutions
To hell with new year’s resolutions. Let me tell you why: the whole point of a new year’s resolution is to try to fix and change yourself. Correct your bad habits. Clear away your clutter. This year I’m resolving to accept myself exactly as I am. And be ok with it. Now there’s a real new year’s challenge. Yes, I may have an extra pound or two. I’m embracing it. Yes, my desk looks like a Staples store exploded on my desk. And perhaps, I shouldn’t have to put on a hard hat before attempting to open that stuffed-to-the-brim hallway closet door. But hey, nobody is perfect. And our never ending quest to be perfect is driving many folks insane.
And what’s wrong with flaws anyway? We have a problem in this country. There’s a way of thinking that all flaws have to be corrected. If your teeth aren’t perfectly aligned, we fix them. If your skin doesn’t look perfect, add make up or airbrushing. If your hair isn’t perfect, buy some new hair. And the money spent on ways to make your body look slimmer or actually be slimmer is ridiculous.
What’s wrong with being imperfect? What’s wrong with a little clutter or a few extra pounds for that matter? This new year, I’m resolving to accept myself exactly as I am. Gap in my teeth. Fine hair. Baby weight from my 7-year-old. Messy desk. And an unorganized closet. These are the things that make me who I am, they make up my character. Part of my charm.
We don’t have to be perfect, people! For 2013, I just want to be perfectly fine.
So even if you can’t resist the urge to fix something about yourself for the new year, make sure you make an equally powerful resolve to embrace something less than perfect about yourself. What will you embrace in 2013?