I don't think I ever really understood new years resolutions until I taught my first yoga class of 2015. My normal class time is 5:45-7pm on Saturday nights, not exactly a time that draws huge crowds. A busy class for me is 10-12 people so you can imagine my surprise last Saturday night when I walked in to a room twice as full as I'd ever seen it.
While I loved having so many people in my class it did get me thinking. What is it about the first day of a new year that gets everyone deciding to change their lives? Why is it that we need a specific day to put all our plans into action and be our biggest selves? Why is it that we don't just make the changes we need or want to make as soon as we realize we want to change?
That's why I decided that my only resolution of 2015 would be to stop waiting. Stop wasting time. Stop making excuses. Stop focusing on all the reasons things wouldn't work and instead focus on the reasons they would. We spend a whole lot of our lives waiting. Telling ourselves what we'll do in the future, what we'll do when we are ready. How many times have you found yourself starting off a thought with "when X happens then I'll do Y?" I know I'm guilty of it.
So instead of making resolutions this year I'll stop making excuses and start living. Instead of living for the future I'll live right here, right now.