I believe in New Year's resolutions.
Yes, I understand that the time is arbitrary and all resolutions end up sounding like a joke. Yes, I understand that motivation is finite and habits create results. Yes, I understand that arbitrarily setting lofty new goals defies any real goal reaching regime. But I still believe in New Year's resolutions.
Even though collectively we have all realized New Year's resolutions don't work, I believe they still have value. I know many of us trudge back to the gym for a week only to give up on the following, and I really feel happy for those who turn a resolution into a habit. For me though, my failures don't seem that awful if one of my resolutions was bonding with people better. And I don't know if there's a better way of bonding than over all these failed resolutions.
I used to define lofty goals for myself and what I wanted to do with the next year of my life. But nowadays I'm not so certain about that myself, and any I do are probably going to change over the year. Instead, I have two, and only two, resolutions to make that I think will always hold true.
- Make every year better than the last year.
- Don't spend the time leading up to the New Year's countdown wallowing in sadness.
I spent New Year's 2014 in a vortex of self-loathing. Never again. I spent New Year's 2015 asleep in Pokhara, Nepal. I spent New Year's 2017 with a few good friends and meeting some new ones. Let us not only see what is in store next year, but also take the steps to make it what we want.