I never make New Year resolutions. But I know that some people resolve to “improve” themselves at this time of year. With nothing to motivate you other than an arbitrary change of date, it isn’t surprising that these resolutions so often fail. This year I urge you to do something different.
It doesn’t matter what. Just anything, different. Learn to bake bread. Turn left at the traffic lights instead of right. Take the scenic route. Give a coin to the homeless guy you usually ignore. Buy a rose bush and learn how to care for it.
I’m not suggesting you do anything difficult, like learn a language, or anything self-improving, like taking up jogging. And most of all I’m not asking for any long-term commitment to change. Just choose something you can do once, or for a short while, or until you get bored or decide you don’t like it. Just something different.
That’s the beauty of the idea – it can’t fail, as it doesn’t require any commitment beyond the willingness to experiment. Success is guaranteed.
At the very least, you can say you tried. You might discover something you like. It might make you feel young again. And you may, if you’re lucky, enhance your life in some totally unexpected, miraculous way.