Iâ€™m not sure how I caught it, but I most definitely have it, â€˜New Year Feverâ€™ being that spirit of determination to do new things and to do the old things differently. Iâ€™ve got it bad – symptoms include list-making and clearing out, lots of forward planning, and an overwhelming feeling of optimism. Iâ€™ve even started putting things in my calendar.
Last year I explained â€˜Iâ€™m personally against making New Yearâ€™s resolutions (I refuse to attempt radical life changes in the depths of winter when Iâ€™m flat broke and on a post-Christmas downer)â€™. I still tend to think that January is not the best time of year to try and make too many changes – Spring seems a more sensible period to me – but the best time of all, really, is when youâ€™re in the right mindset, so I for one am embracing the fever.
Iâ€™m not embarking on anything too major, mind: I donâ€™t want to radically alter my body, move to another country, or change careers. However, when I visited Rachel last week, I learned that she had caught the bug too, and she not only persuaded me to sign up for Yoga with Adrienneâ€™s Yoga Camp – a commitment to performing one yoga practice per day for 30 days (you can read about her experience of it here) – but we also decided that instead of driving/strolling around the Highlands as we had planned to next year, we want go cycling there instead.
When I mentioned my calendar above, the organised among you may well have been confused – how does she plan what sheâ€™s doing without the help of a written record? The short answer is: I do it through a combination of memory, frequently forgetting things, and being double-booked. So this year, Iâ€™m going to give the diary a go. Iâ€™ve also started executing some long-overdue life administration, including an eye test I should have had years ago. And you know how much I hate life administration.
Iâ€™ve been greedily reading articles about resolutions, too; my favourite by far was Gaby Hinsliffâ€™s â€˜My New Year resolution: stop being a lousy friendâ€™, which I am also going to try and act on for 2016.
So, Iâ€™ve caught New Year Fever good and proper, and whilst Iâ€™m still not convinced that making resolutions in January is effective, Iâ€™m going to go with it for as long as I feel like it. And even if I only get round to doing, say, 10 days of yoga, itâ€™s better than the no days of yoga I normally do, right?*
Are you a resolution-maker? What did you decide to work on this year? Let me know by leaving a comment below.