Just Jot it January, 2019: January 2

“One-Liner Wednesday” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/02/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-2nd-and-one-liner-wednesday/)  Except, of course, NOT one-liner Wednesday for me because these Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Imagine that I will follow this prompt and only write one line.  But I can’t.  Because this Just Jot it January is also part of my 500-words a day challenge, as you read above.  So, what’s a girl…woman…person…to do?

If I were to present a one-liner, however, what would it be?  How about “Welcome to the Thunderdome”?  I don’t know why, but that keeps popping up in my head as I head back to work (after over 2 weeks off) and into a new year.

I have a good feeling about 2019.  Again, I don’t know why (I don’t know why about a lot of things today, and that’s ok!), and it may turn out to be wishful thinking, but I think I’ll let myself enjoy the good feeling for now.  Gotta enjoy it while you can, right?  There is always so much potential to imagine when starting a new year.  We pin our hopes and dreams (and resolutions) on the belief that we can start fresh – new year, new you, and all that stuff.  That’s the reason the gyms are full in January!  The hard part is holding on to those dreams, hopes, and aspirations after the first couple of weeks of January.  Once we miss a few days at the gym, eat one too many chocolate bars, or skip writing that blog post, it’s game over.

Realizing the propensity for resolutions to lead us into believing we are failures, people, myself included, now say that they don’t believe in resolutions.  No…now it’s all about SMART goals, or whatever the most recent manageable resolution-replacement is.  But no one really talks about what to do if you feel you are failing (because it doesn’t matter if you are trying to follow resolutions or goals, failure is always an option).  How do you let it go without feeling like you just need to give up.  How can you be ok with starting over day after day after day.  How can we recognize that success can be measured in small chunks, and we can absolutely celebrate those chunks, and celebrate ourselves for taking them on (and dare I say, celebrating when we may take them on and fall flat on our faces!)

I know I am rambling now.  It’s just that time of year when people say Happy New Year, and ask what your resolutions (goals) are for the brand spanking new year in front of us.  And that’s really when the stress begins.

Welcome to the Thunderdome, man!

Posted on January 2, 2019, in Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Tina Turner says, “Welcome, to another edition of Thunderdome!” in the 1975 Mel Gibson movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

  2. Truth be told, I kinda like Thunderdom. Great post. Very relatable.

  3. I like your ramblings. I always try to take my goals and put them into bite-sized and manageable pieces. Like when trying to lose weight or work out, I take it two weeks at a time. Because if you weigh yourself everyday you’ll feel like a failure when you gain a pound or two, which is totally natural. But over 2 weeks you’ll see more steady progress. And if you do gain weight or become stagnant for 2 weeks, its just two weeks. No biggie. Start over and try again for the next two weeks. 🙂

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