Dec 29, 2012

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New Year’s Resolutions

Full disclosure:  I love New Year’s Eve.  Love it.  I don’t care if I am drinking a beer by myself, listening to kd lang and falling asleep at ten o’clock; or if I’m at a ‘happening’ event with weak martinis, interpretive dancers and my darling husband:  it’s the fact of New Year’s.  I don’t even care that the Gregorian calendar crazily finds the New Year in the dead of a northern hemisphere winter rather than in spring or fall.  I love the line between the end of one year and the start of the next, no matter how artificial it may be.

That all being said, I don’t make resolutions so much as become very reflective at the end of the year.  I like looking back over the past twelve months, remembering what happened, what didn’t happen, and who I’ve added to my circle of friends and acquaintances.  I love thinking about someone I’ve become fond of, “I didn’t even know you last year!”

But in the course of reflecting, it’s unavoidable (at least for me) to think about how I’d like my life to look another year from now.  And the older I get, the more concerned I am with self-care.  Loving self-care, not the ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ school of self-care.  The longer we live, the more we realize that we are, inevitably, wearing ourselves out.

“Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.” George Bernard Shaw

And while I wholeheartedly agree with George, here are a few things I’d like to consistently make time for in the next year.

Pedicures.  I know, simple, right?  I still struggle to find the time (and it’s only an hour, for Pete’s sake!) to get a pedicure on a regular basis.  But when I do?  Heaven.  And not only during the pedicure:  the delight lasts for the next three weeks when I look at my colored toenails, and feel my smooth feet glide under the sheets, instead of snagging on them!

Yoga.  This one I start and stop all the time.  I love Anna from Curvy Yoga, and she inspired me to start a home yoga practice.  So much easier for me than getting to a class:  packing up my gear and driving somewhere almost guarantees that I won’t make it.  But for others, committing to a class is the way to go!  In any event, when I practice yoga every day, for any amount of time, I feel and move immeasurably better than when I don’t.  Why is this so hard for me to remember?

Facials.  I confess to last having had a facial over a year ago.  Well, more like two years ago!  I’d like to commit to three or four over the course of the next year.  When I do, my skin looks better, and the relaxation during the facial is sublime.

Meditation.  When I got acupuncture, I learned how to meditate from my wonderful doctor.  Along with yoga, if I’m consistent with meditating, it makes all the difference.  My doctor quoted the Dalai Lama as saying something like this:  “I have so much to do, that I have to meditate two hours instead of one!”  Believe me, I’m nowhere near one hour of meditation, but I agree with the substance of his statement.  It’s when I feel like I can’t add one more thing to my schedule that I most need meditation.

How about you?  Love New Year’s?  Not so much?  Let me know about it!

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