Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Traditions

Well it's the time of year for that traditional funk. Call it what you will: 'return to work blues', 'festive blowout' or 'the January doldrums'. Whatever it is, I have it. 

I shouldn't be so surprised, I have it EVERY year. Why? I'm not good with build up or expectation. Let me explain. 

I find myself getting really anxious with this talk of new starts and resolutions. Sometimes I try to play along but mostly I just feel this anxiety to BE BETTER. What if I am not better? What if I don't achieve all those amazingly hard targets I've set myself?

I will admit I understand the need for reinvention. Anyone who has kept an eye on the blog from day one will understand I love a change or two. (I'm now redhead FYI). But I get really overwhelmed by this expectation that we will all strive to be better because it's a new year. I strive to be better everyday and the little perfectionist in me needs a break from all these messages of new improved me quite frankly. It makes me jittery.

Yet, as a blogger I feel a need to add a traditional post, reviewing the year and setting targets for the year ahead. 

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Can I get back to you on that one?

7 comments:

moleymakes said...

I don't bother with New Year's resolutions as most of them fall by the wayside by the 2nd week of January ...lol.

I tend to set new targets during the course of the year as and when I feel like it. After all every day is a new day, a new start.

Why feel the need to do this at the beginning of the year? Oblige yourself, not others. We're all free spirits, it's just most people choose to conform and live to other's expectations.

Be bold, be brave. Break out of the mould. Now that sounds like a resolution :)

collegeknitting said...

I totally understand! I'm one of those people who is a bit of a self-perfectionist, too. My dad is always telling me not to compare myself with others, but it is so hard. Maybe that's a resolution? Be better at...not being better? Anyway, I hope the January Doldrums go by soon.

Leah said...

Oooh red! Looks good. Happy new year :)

Vanessa said...

I've noticed that if I set myself goals that are tangible (ie read x amount of books) I generally feel better knowing that I did something. I shy away from the "eat better, be nicer" type of resolutions because they're so vague. That vagueness makes me jittery and I end up dropping it.

I've also been setting myself bimonthly and six month goals. This also helps to relieve some pressure and again, I make sure that they're concrete goals that have a reward at the end. I'm six days into a 30 day exercise program and at the end of it, I'm going to renew my subscriptions to some of my favorite magazines. It's a great way to bribe myself and to stay focused.

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Oh, lovely green yarn!

I have made some plans, but they are mostly things I wanted to do anyway. Like learn colourwork and a couple of specific patterns

K. said...

I didn't do it this year! I didn't blog about resolutions. I didn't really make any either, although I am reading a book right now called The Happiness Project and I would like to get my house more organized. I even made a list of organizing jobs.

So if you want to join me in not making resolutions and not posting about it, go right ahead!

Michelle said...

NO NO You don't need to do a year end post! I certainly didn't...and my only "resolution" is to walk my dogs more often and finish up some of the oh 20 WIPS I have up on Ravelry...I've told myself I have to finish up 4 sweaters before starting something new! 2 down 2 others almost done!