Welcoming 2015 with no new resolutions

Kate Livingstone
Kate Livingstone

A very big happy new year to all my lovely readers - hope 2015 brings you everything you wish for.

This is the time of year for taking stock, being thankful and making a self improvement or two.

I’m devastated to discover that a year after last telling myself this would be the time I would stick to my resolutions, I am still fat.

Still unorganised.

And still resemble a bag lady 90 per cent of the time.

Embarrassingly, I promised myself in this column that 2014 would be the time I stuck to them, hoping the public declaration would shame me into action. But once again, I lost interest far too quickly and continued to tuck into the biscuits.

I’ve been making the same resolutions every year for at least 30 years and nothing ever changes.

My gym membership card always languishes unused at the bottom of my bag by January 10.

All the healthy food I purchase for my ‘diet’ ends up in the food recycling bin and I never get my act together to get organised.

So this year, my resolution is not to bother with resolutions. They only make me feel bad about myself when, 12 months down the line, the scales are reading even higher and my house is more chaotic.

Instead I’ll just take the time to pause and count my blessings.

Events like the awful scenes from Glasgow last week really give you some perspective. My heart goes out to all the families affected by the tragedy and it reinforces just how fragile life really is.

These people were going about their day, finishing off their Christmas shopping, looking forward to the festivities only to have it all snatched away from them in a second.

Like most, the victims and their families have constantly been in my thoughts, and prayers.

I’ve wasted months, possibly years, of my life worrying about fitting into a dress, my bank balance or if my home meets up to The Joneses instead of appreciating my family, friends and good health.

I may not have a supermodel body, or bank balance, but I still have a lot to be thankful for.

Perhaps it’s time for us all to give thanks for all we have instead of focusing on our shortcomings.