January is a rough one. Even for someone who likes winter, it's hard. The big build up to Christmas and all the frenzy surrounding it inevitably leads to a crash. In a blink of an eye, it's over and we're left with a mess to clean up. January sets in and it's overcast, highs only in the 40's every day on the 10-day weather forecast. For us Southerners, that's cold, people.
Then you've got this big new year to live up to. Even if you made not a resolution one, I know that there is still a part of you that approaches the new year as a new beginning; the year you'll organize the attic, the year you'll be nice, the kind of nice that people comment when you leave the room "she's soooooo nice", and of course, this is the year you will conquer world hunger and cure AIDS. Seriously. That's what we do to ourselves. All in the name of reinvention. How we (I?) love reinvention.
Whether you actually write down resolutions or scoff at those who do or have signed up to live Oprah's Best Life, it's virtually impossible to resist the past all folded up into a neat little package, a year, last year, and a fresh year lies ahead, clean and fresh, a new dawn, beckoning to you to come, start anew. So we go and make these huge, nonspecific "resolutions", grand ideas to become the person we were meant to be. Why? Why do we antagonize ourselves so?
Five failed resolutions later, gray skies and stale Christmas decorations littered about, here we are in the bleak days of mid-January. Oh, and by the way, if you are one of them, with the lights still up and ON, the droopy bow on your crooked wreath, your blow-up Rudolph that is no longer blown up, lying sadly on your front lawn, for sanity's sake, I beg you, take them down. Just pack them up. Put them away. Be done with it! There's nothing that contributes more to January doldrums than these holiday leftovers.
I had planned to blog about some Louie and Ace adventures but maybe next time. They've been endlessly entertaining. But I'm spent. All the depressing thoughts about January has gotten me down. Until next time...hope this didn't bum you out! Happy New Year everyone! May this be your best year yet.