t’s January 20, barely weeks after the beginning of a new year and decade and the internet is already awash with
memes depicting people giving up on their New Year resolution.
Making New Year resolutions is a tradition that has stood the test of time, however ineffective it may be. Resolutions related to fitness seem to be the most popular, with gyms being flooded with new entrants.
And these new entrants will perhaps not enter the doors of their gyms, which they initially envisioned as a magical temple to whip themselves into shape, just weeks or perhaps days later.
We have to ask ourselves this question, is the arbitrary cut off date of January 1st really needed for us to take control of our life?
The first thing that comes to our minds when we think of New Year is new beginnings. Perhaps the previous year was quite difficult, as life today almost always is.
Or, we are unhappy with our careers, bodies or where we are headed. A new year is perhaps the perfect time to take charge.
All the problems and baggage of the past year can be left behind and bring the change in our lives to finally live our best life.
This is where resolutions come in. We think doing certain tasks will change our lives and they most likely will. However, we are forgetting that only in the year in our calendars has changed.
The few hours of sleep we get on the night of 31st is most likely not blessed with potent abilities that will transform us into a new person. The year is new but the problems are the same.
We expect results from our resolutions too soon and in many cases, they may be too lofty as well.
It’s about time we change our perspectives on resolutions. Let’s be gentle on ourselves and give ourselves time. I am not indicating in the slightest that resolutions are completely wrong or useless.
What I will say is that gradually changing and working on ourselves to build a better lifestyle may be far more sustainable than making a resolution like turning vegan overnight.
Ultimately, resolutions are about making ourselves into better people. To become better people, our efforts need to be sustained and consistent.
This battle to leave our old selves behind is a marathon and not a sprint. The old adage of slow and steady winning the race certainly holds true here. It is more important that we go far and not just fast.