J-P Wooding: Why wait for the New Year?

Why wait to the new year to change your life, asks J-P
Why wait to the new year to change your life, asks J-P

With the New Year now here, many will start to consider having a New Year Resolution.

Usually instigated by eating several too many mince pies, extra slices of turkey or another large glass of wine, the health kick ideas begin to form.

Others find – via the bank statement – that “tightening the belt” applies to finances as well as the waistband!

While I congratulate those who choose to make these decisions, I can’t help but think that the whole “New Year” idea is just an excuse for some.

Choosing to go mad on food, booze and spending during the festive period because “I can start fresh in January” almost seems part of the seasonal traditions; surely this isn’t the best way to do it?

A couple of months ago I decided to change the way I did a few things, not radical, but just enough to make a difference.

It has worked and I am pleased with the way it is progressing, but I am also satisfied that I chose to do it without waiting for a “right time”.

Each to their own of course and as I said, all the best with your choices, but why wait for those darker days and nights in January?

Go for it as soon as you can and stick with it.

I’m sure that before long you’ll see the results and the new regimes will soon become the norm.

So my final resolution is to no longer have resolutions!

One thing that is amplified at New Year, as we cross the bridge into the early hours of January 1, is the memories of those we’ve lost.

I don’t care if someone who was famous, but you had no connection to them, has passed; if they meant something to you, perhaps they influenced choices in your life or you agreed with their views, they made a difference to you personally and that is what matters.

People who you grew up with and are part of your memories may have passed away and again, they won’t mean as much to others, this is unimportant.

There may not be a flood of RIP messages all over Twitter and Facebook but as long as one person remembers them and speaks their name, they live on.

I look forward to 2015 and the opportunities that it will bring.

I shall be grateful to have a choice or an option because there are too many people who feel they have no choice in the things they do.

Onwards and upwards, I wish you all a happy New Year and good luck for 2015! Cheers!

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