I’ve never been one for New Years, the celebration or the start of the new year or the whole resolution thing. Then a few years ago I saw people doing one word for the new year and that felt a lot better to me than a resolution. Am I any better at a word than a resolution? I don’t really know. But I know having a word seems more forgiving than a resolution to work out every day.
This year I wasn’t going to pick a word, my actual plans for January are to curl up under a blanket and wait for it to pass. But then yesterday I was cleaning up my office and came across Christmas ornaments that needed pictures. I had ordered the pictures but never put them in, some of the ornaments were 4 years old. And as I put the pictures in, I was annoyed that the pictures weren’t just right, that they didn’t fit perfectly and I debated putting them away for another year. But they were done and since they had been sitting around for a long time, done was definitely better than perfect.
There are so many things I put off because it’s not the perfect time because the outcome isn’t perfect because maybe if I wait until tomorrow I will get it just right.
Whether it’s not wearing a new outfit because I want to wait for the right day or not putting Grace or putting off hitting publish on a blog post because maybe if I look at it tomorrow I will get it worded just so or putting off doing something cause the conditions aren’t what I imagined.
But I’ve come to realize there is no perfect time, only now.
And if not now then when?
So this year I’m going to embrace the idea of being done over being perfect of having an experience rather than waiting for things to be just right. I’m going to wear the new outfit even if no one sees it. I’m going to finish that puzzle that I’ve been waiting for to start. I’m going to invite friends over even though the house isn’t perfect. I’m going to make plans even when the time isn’t right because realistically I have 2 children, a job, and a home (not to mention a husband and a dog) the time is never right. I’m going to drink the bottle of wine I’ve been saving for a special occasion.
So here’s to taking on 2018 and making it as imperfect as possible.