The Root of All Birthday Resolutions


Another year has come and gone, and with it’s time again for my fourth installment of my birthday resolutions blog. Instead of making traditional new year’s resolutions, I like to wait a week for my birthday and I use that first week of January to take a look at my life and decide what I want to do differently in the coming 365 days.

This year, I started by looking at my previous blogs on the subject (Still a Work in Progress, the Best Birthday Resolutions Ever, the Birthday Resolutions Strike Back, and Return of the Birthday Resolutions). The thing that struck me about all of the resolutions that I’ve made before is how I utterly failed to accomplish most of them (with the exception of moving to a new town and getting married: check and check). I think it’s the same for most of us — we set a lofty goal and find we can’t live up to our own expectations.

This year, I’ve decided to take a different direction. Instead of making several resolutions of various habits I’d like to break or form, I’m going to make one. Just one.

This year, I want to focus on getting back to my roots; to the core of who I am and the people, places and activities that make me the person I am. I want to take this year, my twenty-sixth year, and re-center. I’m in a good place to do that — happily married, gainfully employed, settled for the moment — now is as good a time as any to figure myself out and what makes me tick. I’m not sure what it all means yet. And guess that’s exactly the point.

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Jonny Eberle is a writer and relentless self-examiner. He lives in Tacoma, WA. You can find his ramblings on Twitter. What are your resolutions for this year? Share them in the comments and let’s keep the conversation going.

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