Start the new year without resolution – San Bernardino Sun

I’m switching to the free new year solution. I am leaving behind the burden of promises that I may not keep. I’m at the point where most of the resolutions on my list are simply copies from decisions I didn’t keep last year. And that list is a copy of the unregistered lists from the previous year. Sometimes I just cut and paste the previous year’s list, subtracting one or two items that I somehow managed to complete.

I can’t tell you how many years I’ve had, with a straight face, “going to bed earlier”. Just tonight, as I was considering copying it to my 2022 list, a bell rang in my head.

I’m kidding who actually starts working seriously during the day so I won’t stay up all night. Evenings beckon me to be creative, and late nights translate that into productivity. While I often jot down ideas in my head, on my phone, on napkins or scraps of paper, at night they expand into actual stories. I’m always eagerly waiting to see how they will write their own.

The quiet of the last hours tells my brain that it’s time to get to work. Maybe it’s the thrill of escaping something like a child hiding a book and flashlight under the cover so she can read long after bedtime.

Honestly, I don’t know why I keep making promises year after year to do something I just don’t seem to want to do. So I stopped. I’m jumping on the freedom train. Start the new year without a list.

I feel very uncomfortable, like taking off an uncomfortable pair of shoes after an evening out. The shoes hurt so much that you don’t even bother switching to slippers when you get home. Simply dip your bare feet into the nearest rug and breathe a sigh of relief.

I think I might actually have something here. I can just delete all my tackle list from previous years. It is even possible to tear up handwritten manuscripts from the pre-computer days.

Bring the new year. I am ready.

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John Verrall

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