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you're perfect
now go improve yourself
by reem al-omari (@Reemawi)

Being a New Year's Eve baby, I never gave much thought to my New Year resolutions. I'm always so busy trying to plan birthday type things, that make me feel special and awesome, I hardly have the time to examine my shortcomings.

Instead, I examine my shortcomings year-round, and strive to improve myself year-round.

If I feel fat in the middle of July, I'll decide that I'm gonna work out harder beginning that same day. If I feel like I'm not drinking enough water in the middle of November, I'll make it a point to chug water like it's going out of style that same day. If I feel like I'm not keeping in touch with friends enough in March, I make it a point to send out emails and make phone calls to find out what they're up to that same day.

You get the picture.

If you think I'm gonna bore you with my first list of new year's resolutions, relax. I'm not gonna do that. Instead, I'm gonna tell you what you should do with your list short of burning it.

Perhaps it's just because my birthday occupies my thoughts, or perhaps it's just the way my mind works, but I've never felt the need for one long list of resolutions to be carried out at any one specific time. I can suck on any of the 365 days of the year, and I can improve on that any of the 365 days of the year... I don't need the new year to remind me that I need to improve. Also, I know I can't change my DNA, so I stick to things I know I can improve without a fairy godmother. Things like traveling more and writing a book to pay for the traveling are life-long commitments I can't put on a realistic resolution list.

But I digress.

For whatever reason you feel you need to make that list of New Year's resolutions, I say your list should have one resolution: to end the need for resolutions at the end of each year to come. I'm not sure when people actually sit down and make their list of resolutions, but whenever you make yours, you should act on the resolution to end the need for another list right this very second.

Stop buying into this idea that a new year is the marker of all markers for self-improvement. In other words, buy yourself time and do the things you only think you need to do the last few minutes of the past year.

If you feel like you've been a jerk, stop it right now. Never mind that the last day of the year is just around the corner, and you're probably too busy to think about your shortcomings during the holidays and whatnot. Do everybody a favor and stop being a jerk, ya' jerk!

If you know you've been stuffing your face with too much holiday fare, and that you're gonna be a blimp by the new year... start compensating for it now. You'll probably be too dead with a hang-over to work out on New Year's day, so you might as well train yourself to work out now. Sure, exercise equipment goes on sale in January, but instead of buying that treadmill before you've broken out a sweat just getting up from the couch, you should probably break out a few sweats before that treadmill becomes a permanent fixture in your home.

If you plan on going cold turkey with smoking in the new year, you should probably start weaning yourself slowly starting now with a patch. The turkey won't feel so cold come the new year, perhaps.

Again, you get the picture.

Right now--whenever right now is-- is the best time for self-improvement. This New Year's Eve, go out, celebrate, kiss that special someone, and know that as perfect as you are, you are always in need of improvement. Each day of each year.

Cheers, and happy New Year!


Reem lives and writes about it. She thinks that's what writers do, anyway. If it's not, then she also has a degree in journalism under her belt, along with the titles of reporter, editor (in chief, even) and, of course, opinion columnist.

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robert melos
12.23.07 @ 2:12a

A wonderful idea. I personally never make resolutions. I like your way of thinking. It's proactive.

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