I think that people pick January 1 of each year to start on their resolutions, because January 1 is such an obvious beginning point. There is no real reason, other than psychological, to pick that day over another to start a personal makeover. I mean, it could be any other day and if the "resolutions" are continued, the effect will be the same in the long run..
(It is always amusing to go to the gym during the first couple of weeks of the year and see people furiously working out, only to watch them drop off as the month goes by - I'm not criticizing these folks at all - I'm pulling for them, in fact.)
When I was young, I would always look forward to the first day of school, in part because everything was fresh. New clothes, clean slate, teachers who didn't have opinions of me based on the previous year's antics. That sort of thing.
Which brings me to my point: Every year, after tax season (I'm a CPA, if you didn't know), I take a week off to clear my head - you'd be amazed at how incapable of holding a conversation I become after working seven days a week - up to fifteen hours a day - for almost three months. The goal is to come back after a week off with a clear mind and cheerful disposition.
I went all the way to Chattanooga last week (30 miles), and holed up at the Marriott Courtyard downtown (why don't you have coffee in the lobby anymore?). Guess what? I also took my business email off of my phone, so that I wouldn't be tempted to respond to client emails on April 16 - I love you, Oh Clients, I really, really do, but I'm not able to talk to you on that day.
So, here we are. April 22. Earth Day. For me though, it is Reset Day. It is my first day of school. The slate is clean, and my mind is right, to paraphrase The Captain in Cool Hand Luke (one of the best movies ever, beeteedubs). I came in to the office this morning, ready to dive in. Personally, I'm also ready to dive in. Time to get back into shape. Tax season, and the desk sitting that follows, coupled with the lack of time, energy and motivation to exercise, take their toll on my body.
(Artists depiction of me on April 14)
Thanks for reading. Carry on.