Living in the Moment

January 3, 2012 at 7:36 am | Posted in Life and Living | 2 Comments
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Hello, and welcome to 2012! By now you have hopefully recovered from any New Year’s antics (or anti-antics) you have taken part in and are coming back down to the reality that is before you.  Those plans for New Year’s Resolutions kick into high gear.  Gyms will be overcrowded for the next few months. The produce and diet sections of the supermarket will be packed, while fried chicken joints will see a temporary and barely noticeable decrease in business.  But this stuff is never long-lasting.  Old habits die really hard.

When I look at my New Year’s Resolutions from last year (after I write them, I do not revisit them as I hope to have internalized them/forget I actually wrote them down).  I did much better in fulfilling my 2010 resolutions than I did my 2011, because they were more tactical items like finding a new job and moving in with my boyfriend.  Last year’s resolutions were broader scope, true changes in how I live my life, and having started the year without an engagement ring on my finger, it has proven difficult to keep some of these resolutions (namely, giving more and spending “wisely”).  My third resolution — take better care of myself — I think I did okay on.  I did invest a few months in personal training, have always regularly seen my doctors, and do my best to maintain my skin, hair, and nails.

It’s really my last resolution that bothers me a bit.  I’m not sure where my mind was when I wrote it — “Live in the moment more”.  Hm…  I think now I take what is likely a different spin on what this means.  I think it is more about dropping pettiness and jealousy; not taking things personally — being more carefree.  This is something I still need to work on.

But looking to 2012, I’m going to have to spin all of my New Year’s Resolutions of 2011 on their backs and live in the moment more, even if this conflicts with spending wisely.  2012 will brings lots of weddings and related festivities, and I’m sure I am in for a few more surprises.

So my real goal for 2012 is to enjoy all of the parties and trips that have already occupied my calendar and my wallet and just go with it.  At the end of 2012, I will be a married woman and I will look back at my wedding, those of my friends, and all the adventures in between and be able to say, “Now that’s living in the moment.  And now, let’s catch up on some bills.”

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