Valdosta Daily Times


December 30, 2012

Let’s hope 2013 is a happy new year!

VALDOSTA — As we celebrate the beginning of a new year this week, let’s all hope that 2013 is a happy new year for everyone!

Personally, 2012 wasn’t that wonderful, full of family illness and personal trials, so there is a lot of anticipation on my part that 2013 will be a much healthier, happier and calmer time. And I intend to do all I can to make it so.

One thing I rarely do though is make resolutions. Everyone makes the same ones, year after year, and most are broken within weeks, if not days. Setting unrealistic goals for ourselves that are nearly impossible to meet is part of the problem, but the expectation that we can reinvent ourselves in a short time is also part of the issue. If you are overweight, are a smoker, are too stressed out, etc., these are lifelong battles for most people, not just little problems that can be solved in a few trips to the gym, or by taking a handful of yoga classes, or cutting back on cigarettes for a few days. Unless you are ready to make tackling these issues a daily part of your routine, you set yourself up for failure.

So I guess then if I were to resolve to do anything this year, it’s to try and incorporate better habits into my life, all the time and not just in January, and take better care of myself. I’m not a smoker, but I could stand to lose a few pounds (no woman is ever 100 percent happy with her weight), and I’m definitely too stressed.

Maybe by this time next year, I will have accomplished what I set out to do and will be a more relaxed and healthier person. All I can do is try!

Happy New Year and here’s hoping that 2013 brings you many blessings and much happiness.

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