I’ve always hated the idea of a New Year’s resolution. Why should we wait until the beginning of a year to make a change? If we really wanted to change, we’d do it whenever we wanted, not just because a new year was rolling around. And besides, you’re basically making yourself a promise that you know and you intend you’re going to break. What’s the point in that? It’s just an excuse to make people feel like they’re actually doing something to make their lives better. Or is it?
As I understand it, some people get really into making (and keeping) New Years’ resolutions. I understand the concept of a new beginning and I kind of like it, but why should the new beginning be the beginning of the year? Why can’t it be the beginning of June or the middle of March or whenever you decide it’s a good time to make a change in your life?
I think that maybe people really do want to change, but they see no way of doing it. And then, BAM! New Years’ is here and they decide that it would be a great way to start the new year: make the change they’ve always wanted to. But it’s really an injustice to yourself; you’re setting yourself up for failure. So here’s my New Years’ challenge to all of you: instead of making a resolution to change, actually make a change. Eat less sugar, run a mile a day, spend less time on the internet, write more, stay true to yourself, waste less money, whatever it is you want to stop (or start). And DO IT! Don’t wait for societal laws to tell you it’s okay.
And make sure it’s something attainable. If you choose something crazy (like adopting all the orphans in Africa or never eating chocolate again), you’re…wait for it…SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE!
Happy New Years!
‘Til next time,
Julia E. Flowers