I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. They’re just excuses for people to pretend they’re going to make life changes when they know from the start they don’t plan on keeping them in a few weeks or months time. And why should we only think about changing ourselves one time out of the year when that year is ending? Improving ourselves or working towards goals should be a constant. It shouldn’t be something we go after heavily for the first few weeks of the New Year.
Some people only make resolutions they think they can stick to. They make them lesser so that they’re easier to follow. Instead of committing to a complete new diet they vow to stop eating one certain bad food. Instead of exercising daily they promise to at least do it once a week. And that’s fine. At least, they’re making an effort. But why make it all? Are we peer pressuring each other into new year’s resolutions? Are we competing to see who can follow theirs longer or more successfully? This is your life, not anyone else’s. So if you want to make a change, make it for yourself, not because some tradition or group of people influenced you to do so.
Me? I could vow to read more books, finish the ones I’ve started, stick to a stricter writing schedule, or promise to write X number of books by the year’s end. But these are things I tell myself all year long, anyway. Sometimes I do better. Some months I read way more than others, and some days I’m a more successful writer. But these are my goals and changes I want for myself at all times, and I work on them little by little throughout each year.
I understand the New Year promises a new start and that’s why some people look at it for making changes. But halfway through the year it isn’t new anymore. It’s just life again. So make sure you’re happy with how you’re living, and make each day a new resolution, a new goal, a possible change or hurdle to overcome. Because before you know it, that New Year will end and the next will start all over again. You can’t measure your life’s importance by how well you follow that resolution each New Year.
So don’t make excuses. Don’t go after the smaller goal because you know the bigger one will be too hard. Don’t compete with others or get roped into making changes just because it’s expected. Don’t put that extra pressure on yourself or let others put it on you.
Don’t make promises you can’t or aren’t willing to keep.
Love yourself. Love your life. Love your passions and your goals. Go out and make things happen at your own pace, in your own way, for your own reasons.
What are your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions? Post below, and have a safe and happy New Year celebration!