At the end of each year, as most people in America do, I make a New Year's resolution. Here are a few of my resolutions from years gone by:
1.) Eat less cake (Yeah, that was a terrible five days)
2.) Buy new underwear and socks (I am still unsure on this one...I think 2007 was a year of low expectations.)
3.) Fold and put away the laundry... everytime, right after it is washed and dried (This lasted a week.)
4.) Lose weight (This one I accomplished, but it was three years after I made this resolution)
5.) To live in the woods like Thoreau, and fulfill my lifelong dream of living a very transcendalistic lifestyle. (I am confident now that I wasn't intoxicated when I made this resolution, but maybe I should have been.)
Of all the resolutions I have made, I have maybe accomplished two of them with any kind of efficency. Personally, I think New Years Resolutions are wonderful ways for people to live with a purpose...for a little while.
We make resolutions to lose weight. We stimulate the economy by purchasing Slim-Fast, kettle balls and Jillian Micheals' workout videos. Until someone has a birthday, and you see the cake. We resolve to save money and eat at home more often...Until the first evening that we don't want to wash the dishes or we get home from work late.
People! Wake up and smell the disappointment hanging in the air!!!
Our resolutions are decided for us by the media, television commercials and those strategically placed end caps at Wal-Mart. Frankly, the people behind these products do not want you to succeed. They don't want you to lose that extra fifteen pounds you put on over the holidays, because if you do it...You won't need them anymore.
I guess what I'm trying to say is this:
If you resolve to enrich your life in some way in the year of 2012. Resolve to do something that not only enriches your life, but the lives of those around you. The money you spend on a monthly amount of Slim-Fast products could feed a hungry family for a month. I think people will be amazed at how motivating helping others can be during their quest to help themselves.
With that being said, I will now reveal my resolution for the year 2012:
I resolve, in the year 2012, to care less about how I look. I have resolved to wear make up rarely, or if at all... and I am currently in the process of letting my hair return to it's natural color. I will worry less about my outwardly appearance, and focus on my emotional and spiritual development. I resolve to find my natural beauty without the help of cosmetics or enhancers. (This does not mean that I will go without my day to day hygiene products because...Ew...That is ten different kind of skanky.) It does mean that I am working toward loving myself just the way it is. Without adding things or taking them away... (Except my eyebrows because...well...Eugene Levy)
I believe doing this will force me to look at my dirty-dishwater hair, and find the positives. (I've been working on this for two weeks and I have yet to find anything I like about my natural hair color, but...maybe by next December I will give it glowing reviews.) I hope in the year 2012 to be able to look at myself in the mirror, and love everything that I see without changing it or wishing it looked another way.
I am fully aware that it will take a full twelve months to accomplish this, but I feel it is something that I must do.
I urge each of you to make your New Year's resolution something that is life improving...be it your life or someone else's.
I apologize in advance to anyone that I unintentionally terrify by going into public without cosmetics. Self discovery isn't always pretty, folks.