The original idea was to start this blog out with the ill-fated question. Why do people make New Year’s resolutions, when they know full well they are not going to keep them?
Thinking better of the whole thing I simply decided to jump right into the subject. I know why, well I have my theories as to why people do this annual ritual. My first theory is, that it is just that, a ritual. One that many people seem to deem necessary if they are to give any real reason to all the things they did wrong the preceding year.
For instance: The ever famous, “I am going to spend more time exercising and less time sitting around.” this one is the procrastinators credo. Usually made because they feel guilty about all the times they could have done something but didn’t. Things like workout, or take a walk, get more stuff done around the house.
OR the equally famous “This is the year I really stick to my diet”. This is usually pledged by all those that aren’t quite happy with the way we look but we have procrastinated our way into a frumpy form.
There’s that word again Procrastination sounds like a lead-in to my next blog.
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Quoting the dictionary, Resolution: 3a : something that is resolved. b.firmness of resolve. 4 : a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted on by an official body or assembled group.
In the case of New Year’s resolutions the person making the resolution is the body and the assembled group, obviously, is when all the rest of their friends get together and state theirs. Probably on their lunch break.
I think resolutions are made, for the most part, due to the fact that people are sheep. It is an ABC thing really. The general thinking by most is as follows: A. “Everyone else is doing it”. B. there is the mindless rhetoric that it is simply what we do. C. It is tradition, so therefore, I must make one. Even though I know I am not going to keep it.
My resolution is that I am not going to make a resolution. I am simply going to do the things I need to do to be better at what ever it is I want to be better at whether it is writing, dieting, exercising, or just plain being me.
My friend David was jokingly giving me a hard time about this being a cop-out. I am not committing to being good at anything, That way if I do nothing very well I am not breaking my resolution. That may very well be the case, but I do not need to break a resolution to be a screw-up. I can be lazy or incompetent without incentive. (wait…..what the hell did I just say?……) Anyway I also do not need a resolution to give me the motivation I need to be a better writer/worker/person. I just need to get off my butt.
Have a nice day and Happy New Year!!!