Why I dislike New Year’s Resolutions

Infact, ‘dislike’ might be an understatement. But hate seems too strong so… we’ll stick with dislike for now.

But, seriously. New Year’s Resolutions? What the actual hell? I mean, seriously, it’s gonna take 12 chimes of a clock on a specific night (which only comes once a year) to make you make a serious change in my life? That’s the big ‘wake up call’?

Well, my issue is that same clock chimes midnight every day. Like clockwork you might say.

And as they say in Fight Club:

This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time

So, why wait until December 31st? If you want to make a change in your life, do it. Make that change, right now. Rip off the band aid and take that baby step (or giant leap) into the newness, into the unknown, into the fear.

Remove the ‘New Year Resolution’ pressure

Another thing I don’t like about New Year’s Resolutions is the pressure from society that seems to come with them. It’s pretty much all well meant, but by starting at the same time as every other person who somehow woke up on January 1st wanting to make a massive change in their life because it’s January 1st. I don’t like that kind of pressure, I don’t know about anybody else but, especially if I’m making a big change in my life, I don’t want people to know, or to ask me about it, or to place the “fail by February” doom over the top of said-change. When I first started taking my health and fitness seriously, I didn’t really tell anyone. I told my boyfriend, because we lived together – and he was supportive but plenty skeptical enough (he had every right to be – my previous track record with running and/or attending the gym was genuinely awful) to prove that I had to stick to the change, before I let others know.

So, these days, I just make any change or decision I want when I want. No hanging around for a freezing cold night in the middle of winter, no big conversation at work when people ask “So what’s your New Year’s Resolution?”.

What does everyone else think? Do you believe in New Year’s Resolutions?

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