New Year’s Resolutions: An Arbitrary Time for Change

I personally am not a fan of new Years Resolutions. I like making an effort to better myself in the new year, but the whole making lofty goals and having a deadline for making said goals just bothers me. Maybe it is because I’m still under the delusion that I’m a non-conformist, but I just don’t get the draw.

I agree that the start of a new year is a great time to put things in perspective and to be all introspective. Maybe I’m just a chronic over thinker or just too cynical, but why do we wait until the beginning of the year to implement things to better ourselves?

I am all about having goals to improve ourselves and our lives. I think these are things we need to work on and build on through out the year. For me putting the pressure of having a start date and the stigma of it being a promise makes me more apt to fail.

I want to lose weight, but that is something that I work on at my own pace. I try some things that work, and I keep with them. I find other things that do not, and I put those aside. It is something I am doing for myself, and while the failures are discouraging, it isn’t enough to make me up and quit.

One thing that bugs me about resolutions is that instead of doing something to better yourself now, we allow ourselves to hold on to bad habits until January 1st. I get that we may put the diet on hold and indulge a little during the holidays. However, sometimes I see people who just use that January 1st start date as an excuse to keep going with their eating habits a little longer.

If you start your diet before the holidays, and then indulge a little, yes you will put on a few pounds, but once you return to your healthy eating habits and regular exercise routine, those will easily come off.

Another thing that worries me about resolutions is the lack of planning. I had a good friend of mine tell me he was going to quit smoking and cut back to eight cigarettes on New Years Day. I sat next to him New Years Eve and he probably smoked eight cigarettes in five hours. 

If you are going to make a big change in your life, it is not always wise (or in some cases healthy), to just jump into a drastic change. I guess I don’t see how some resolutions are even possible without some planning.

If you have a resolution (or resolutions), I wish you the best of luck. I hope you made them realistic, and have plans to reach your goals. If you do not, I hope this new year brings you new and hopefully successful ways to work on improving you through out the year…and on your own timeline.

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