Thursday, 19 January 2012

New Year Resolutions

Yes I know, this post is rather late. I just don't get to update my blog as often as I would like to or as often as I should. What with my Telkom line being down, still. They fixed it and not even 24 hours later it went down again during a rain storm and to get them to fix it, is another frustration. Then there is the time factor, I just don't have the time to blog. Either too busy or too tired.

I never make new year resolutions and don't think I have ever in my life, not even when I was younger. I feel if you are to make changes to your life, then make it there and then or if the changes are due to reflecting over the year that has just past, then it should be on your birthday. That is when you are a year older, hopefully wiser and when changes should make more sense. However, saying that, it is purely coincidental that I am posting this just before my birthday. Resolutions are just something I don't do, make or think about.

The reason for this post is because of a blog I read, which you can read over here. I am sure the owner of the blog won't mind a link to his post, because he has invited readers of his blog to join him in doing this. OK, it does say make the commitment in his comment section, but I am certain it won't be a problem.  Basically it is 7 things you would like to do or change in 2012, not resolutions as such and I quite like the idea. Besides being a radio presenter, he has gone from being very overweight,(not my opinion, but from his life story on his blog and on the radio) to someone who runs marathons, cycles, iron man etc, so basically from being unfit to super fit. His story fascinates me and as I have mentioned in previous posts, people don't inspire me as such. If you climb Mount Everest, it is not going to make me want to do it or even think about it, but people do fascinate me, perhaps to a point of admiration, with what they have achieved or have become.

So I read this post and I gave it some thought, more thought than what I would usually give to someone's goals or even my personal goals and resolutions and to be honest, initially I could only think of one thing. To lose weight, same old, same old, that never changes. Over the weeks I have come up with a few more, I am not sure if I do have seven, but will post one each day and then see if I have seven. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that my seven will be posted just before my birthday and I turn another year older. To be honest, our lives don't change that much every year and if we look back, most people's lives just carry on the same each year. My GP and I were talking about it the other day when I had to go see her and she also said very few people make changes to their lives. We all go through the hype of the festive season, building up to a new year and come the first or second week of January, we back into our mundane routines, year after year.

If I think back, my life changed in 1989, when I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, it changed again in 1997 when I gave birth to another beautiful baby boy and then it changed drastically in 2007 when my beautiful child was killed. It was not planned or expected and on the 31 December 2006, I did not think, believe or imagine that my life would change so drastically. If I had made new year resolutions then, it would have made no difference to the absolute cruel twist of fate, life threw at us. Since then my life has been the same, year in and year out of tears and sadness, marring every occasion that should be happy and be celebrated with joy.

Well I am going to try the Seven goals and then I will revisit each post every month or second month and see how it has panned out. The reason why I am not going to just list 7 things I would like to change or do, is so that each one can be revisited individually and discussed. I can promise you now, my seven won't be anything drastic like running a marathon, just small changes.

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