I call it Newyearitis. You may call it new-year resolution, or simply baloney. ‘Itis’ is a Greek suffix meaning ‘a burning sensation’, and every year, about this time, I succumb to it.  It will burn and itch and become super inflamed. It starts as an idea the first week of December. For a few days I toss it around in my head and then it lodges in a corner and starts to fester. I think if I ignore it, it will go away, but it gets bigger and bigger and starts to suck in other thoughts. To get it out of my head and get some relief, I write it down. But then it is visible and instead of throwing it away, I play around with it and change it up a bit. By the time January rolls in, I have plans written down, goals set, and I’m ready to jump into it; which is right about NOW.

It may be something minor such as reading a new book, or rearranging the furniture. Or it may make more of an impact such as moving to another country or starting a new business.

You know the traditional Newyearitis of starting a new diet or new exercise regime? That was the year I joined Weight Watchers. It lasted until March and I’m no longer missing the pounds I lost.

One year I set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Timely).  I wrote them all down. But the paper I wrote them on disappeared and only resurfaced 3 years later when I was moving house.

This year I’m doing it again. I can’t help myself.  A new year is a new beginning; a new chance; a fresh opportunity; and another new road leading to somewhere I’ve never been.

Cheers to 2012!