My final ‘duh’ moment of 2009 came to me yesterday, and it concerns new year’s resolutions. As with holiday cards, I’m pretty spotty about making and keeping resolutions because, well, I guess because I’m like a lot of people. It’s easy to imagine the year one way in January and have it become something else by December. Sometimes something way else.
The problem, I realized, is that a resolution is not a plan. It’s a lot like a good intention or a promise; it needs something to back it up. I know, pretty obvious. Thus the sterling moment of duh.
What makes it particularly silly is that I know this and have for most of the last ten years. My first trip to Europe back in 1999 came about after years of vague talk because I actually made a plan. It was a year in the works – how much I needed to save, research on places to visit, how I was going to ease my way out of my job, pay rent while I was gone, the works. It didn’t really need that full year, but planning it that way made it happen. So after a decade of saying I would make the trip, setting an actual goal made it happen.
While I didn’t initially intend to make any resolutions this year I’ve decided to look at my vague goals, wishes – and yes, resolutions – for 2010 and see if I can’t change them into something a little more formal. Time to really think this thing through.
Oh yeah. Next year’s gonna be big. I can’t say I feel it, but I can make it happen I think.