New Year's resolutions, the list. Ready, set, go.
1.) This year, I resolve to bring my acne problem down a notch (yes, you're welcome for this information). Nothing is working. That strong, salicylic acid stuff dermatologists recommend is too rough on my skin, so it's time to try a cleanser that is both gentle and effective. I could also couple a warrior of a cleanser with a nice pH-balanced lotion afterwards. And probably the most important acne-fighting measure is to wash my hair more often. Come on, Eliza, you hippie :)
2.) The other more important resolution is to let people live their own lives the way they want to. Or, in the immortal words of Cole Porter, "live and let live". People do not want advice unless they ask for it. People do not want to change their lives for the better until they are ready to do it. This is good practice for being a wife who is not an annoying nag as well.
Most of the time, when people's lives are a giant whirlwind of self-destructive behavior, it stems from the fact that they don't love themselves. And they are bad at loving themselves because someone else was bad at loving them at some point or another. So it's possible if I just offer them the kind of unconditional love God offers me that they will start to love themselves a little better. And then they'll want to treat themselves better.
I don't know if this is a clear explanation, but it makes a lot of sense in my head. And it will be pretty hard to carry out at times.
So it's time for a year where I let people mess up their lives and love them anyway. And also fewer zits.