New Years, Mondays, and Birthdays

I’ve never been a New Year’s resolution type guy. Once I made a commitment to myself on New Years Day, and I guess you can say that was a resolution if you want to. I didn’t think of it that way at the time, it was almost a coincidence. I think the year was 1999, and I decided to quit smoking. It was a resolution that stuck, which I understand is pretty rare.

People seem to use New Years, Mondays, and birthdays as an excuse to delay the lie they will ultimately tell themselves. Does anyone ever go on a diet on a Thursday? “Well, tomorrow’s Friday, and then it’s the weekend… I’ll just wait until Monday.” In November it’s, “Thanksgiving is coming, and then Christmas. We’re traveling, and seeing family. I’ll just wait until the new year.” People do the same thing with their birthday.

There’s just something about a clean start. Turning the calendar to January first has some psychological effect. It’s as if everything you’ve done before is wiped out. You’re being born again. It’s a fresh new chance to lie to yourself about losing weight, eating healthy, and learning a new language.

We’re 6 days into 2009 and I’ve trained 3 times already. I suppose I could take advantage of this time to resolve to get my Blue belt by summer, lose 30 pounds, and learn to speak Portuguese. But I’m not going to do that. We’ll see what happens.

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