Do you have a New Year’s day tradition or ritual. I myself would like to say no, whenever a new year begins I ….do absolutely nothing. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While the majority of people are well on their way to beginning to work on their resolutions or working on breaking them for that matter or suffering from a hangover I find myself in my husband’s office having the same argument each and every New Years Day!
I dread New Years Day because I know I get to wake up to overly perky husband who is bouncing off the walls and talking in a tone that holds far more enthusiasm than I am capable of tolerating when I first wake up.
Right away he summons me to his office and with a chipper tone that makes my ears bleed this soon after waking up he begins this long conversation of what to expect this year! He shoves a packet of paper towards me and thoroughly walks me through the new years budget. His spreadsheet makes my eyes spin as I frankly would rather be having a tetanus shot than listening to this when I’m still barely able to hold my eyes open.
After the budget he notices my mood and continues on with the conversation that is headed towards explosion. At about that time he breaks out the leather bound journal full of past resolutions. At this point I am close to the edge. I continue to tolerate the dribble for a little longer as he verbally evaluates the progress or lack thereof on our last years resolutions.
He looks up and asks the question that dooms his fate, “What should we add to our goal or resolution list?” I blow my lid right off this pot of crazy, tired, pot full of mood and freak out! we have been married now for a full 6 years and each and every year we run this very same routine and it is SO old!
Now you might be asking what my deal is, but it’s quite simple. I told my husband from the very beginning of our first New years spent together that I do NOT make resolution and I HATE goal lists. I have never liked the idea that we start the year with a goal to change something in our lives. Why do people wait an entire year to make this resolution? why are we resolving things that we know we will never accomplish and statistics say are doomed to fail anyway? What a ridiculous tradition, and I myself will not support this insanity.
Each year my husband neglects to remember this and finds himself in an argument or hurricane of crazy Miranda that he had no chance of escaping. He honestly thinks one year I will snap out of it and be just excited as he.
Sounds like fun, no? Yet I know this is my destiny each and every year, yet I still walk into that office knowing this is how it will go. Every year he is offended and hurt by my repulsion to the entire idea but I will never change my opinion on the topic.
Do you make resolutions? Why or why not? What is your resolution success/fail rate? Lastly, what are your thoughts on the Sherman Family New Year’s Day Ritual?