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I’m not sure how I feel about New Year’s resolutions. On the one hand, it’s nice to think that we can turn over a fresh page and start out anew. But life just isn’t that simple: only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution actually achieve their goal.
Predictably, the success of a resolution goes down over time. It’s easy to set lofty goals when the dawn of a New Year gives us a sense of fresh-faced optimism. It’s much harder to see them through when we settle back into our everyday routines.
I loved this blog post by Lisa Dingle over at Just Ponderin’: …on wrestling time (or tilting at windmills):
The new year is about, if we want it to be, resetting us.
Our brains, our perspectives. How we exist, and be with what time we have, with what Time brings.
We ought to be careful with it, Time also being one of life’s most precious forms of currency.
With that in mind, I wouldn’t say I’m making resolutions as such. Instead, I’m setting some intentions to guide the ways I spend my free time. Here are some of my intentions:
Try something new/creative and turn it into a habit
Pilates was my ‘new thing’ in 2016. I started going to weekly classes and I always feel stronger and more flexible after a Pilates session. Developing and advancing my Pilates practice is definitely something that I’ll continue this year. I’m not sure what 2017’s ‘new thing’ will be, but salsa dancing is a possibility.
There are so many places I’d like to visit (time and money permitting), and I know I won’t be able to travel to all of the places on my list in 2017. Spain, Scotland and Greece will probably be my three main destinations this year.
Find an exercise routine that works for me and focus on rehabilitating my knee
I injured my knee through a fall about five years ago, and it has led to significant muscle wastage and weakness in my right leg. Even though I can walk okay, it does affect my mobility (I can’t run and certain movements are painful) and I get tired of having an achy, weak joint. Sticking to a dedicated exercise/physiotherapy routine is easier said than done, but unless I work at it, my knee isn’t going to get better by itself.