Your Typical New Year’s Resolution

Well here we go. It is the first day of 2019. As per usual, I have plenty of time to kill at the airport, so what else can I do but sit down an blog for the first time in forever. It is this time of year that we start of strong with high ideals of weight loss, making money, finding love, and all those other goals throughout the year. And of course, there are all the other silent goals we set for ourselves that we would never dare speak out loud. But what is a New Year’s Resolution? I decided to look up the dictionary definition of “resolution” and see what I could find out.

res·o·lu·tion
/ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/
nounresolution; plural noun: resolutions
  1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
    “she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more”
    • determinationpurpose, purposefulness, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, firmness, firmness of purpose.

Now, the last part of that definition is the one that I connect most with. “A firmness of purpose.” Any one can get a goal for themselves. But in my opinion, a goal is more of a simple everyday sort of agreement you make with yourself.

goal
/ɡōl/
noungoal; plural noun: goals
  1. the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
    “going to law school has become the most important goal in his life”
    • objectiveaimendtargetdesignintentionintentplanpurpose

     

To me, a goal is something much more short term, something that with only be mildly disappointing if you are unable to fulfill it. A resolution is a bigger deal, to do something with resolve. A resolution is something that connects to a person on a deeper level, with emotional intent and requires determination and dedication to complete.

With that said, I have a few resolutions set for myself for this brand new year.

 1.) To continue traveling, both nationally and internationally every year. Some trips take a lot more money, it’s true. But its easy enough to set aside money when you have a destination set in mind. The most expensive part of traveling is generally the long haul trip to get to where yours going, either by driving or by flying (or by boat, though that is not a way I’ve gotten to travel yet). Once you have that covered, you have to allow for feeding yourself, and visiting any sites you want to see along the way.

2.) To take the time and cook more at home. I am always watching cooking videos or finding fun looking recipes on Pinterest. And yet for some reason, I stick to the same simple dishes I always make unless I have a ton of free time, or extra people coming over for dinner. I always do a lot of cooking with my family over the holidays, and they come up with some of the craziest tasty meals that are really rather simple to make.

3.) Take more time to focus on doing what brings me contentment. There are special things in life that bring out the full spectrum of emotions in us. But contentment is more than just a feeling. Its a state of being. And I think we all could use a little bit more time spent being content, just living in that moment where everything is okay in your life, and you can just sit and breath and relax with a smile on your heart.

I could have resolutions about going to the gym, or losing an astronimical amount of weight, of finding love. But none of those things will bring me contentment. They might make me proud or happy, but there is more to life than those “typical resolutions.”

Make resolutions that mean something to you, and find the firmness of purpose within yourself to see them through.

 

~Kelly

 

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