It’s the first day of the New Year. You wake up some time in the afternoon with a headache and a vague recollection of kissing people you don’t even know. You had too much food, too much booze and not enough sleep. You spend the rest of the day on the couch in your pajamas watching repeats of the Rose Parade. You had made some resolutions. Exercise, eat right, something like that. Oh, no, please, not today.
Is this any way to start off a new year? The New Year is a fresh start, a new beginning. Shouldn’t it be welcomed with enthusiasm and exhilaration?
Since it’s now time to firm up New Year’s plans, I have a radical proposal. It’s so radical I may not even do it myself (my husband will never go for it).
Don’t celebrate New Year’s Eve, the passing of the old. Celebrate New Year’s Day, the start of the new. Plan something for New Year’s Day that will make you feel alive and get your momentum going. Go for a hike, start a project that you’ve been wanting to do, cook a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try.
Now here’s the hard part. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a healthy dinner and an early bedtime. Make New Year’s Eve the preparation to meet the new year with enthusiasm the next day. Get up early on New Year’s Day and watch the sun come up. Do what you planned and revel in it. In the evening celebrate your new beginning with a luxurious dinner. I guarantee you will have no trouble getting reservations at any restaurant and they won’t gouge you on the price.
I’d be interested in hearing from you if you are planning to celebrate the New Year as an exciting new beginning. What do you have planned?
Take charge of your life. Live intentionally.