Oh, um ... Hi. So it's the second day of the New Year and I'm already late on a blog post. Starting 2013 off with a bang, I see. I'm not all that impressed with myself. If it's any excuse, I don't know what day of the week it is anymore what with all these holidays and stuff we're having lately. Once life slows down, well, then I probably won't have as good of an excuse for being such a failure in this regards. I'm going to do better. I'm resolved on that fact. A few days ago, someone asked me what my New Years resolution was going to be. The last two years, I've set writing resolutions and managed to live up to them. To try and do the same thing a third year in a row seems a little foolish. I haven't set one yet, but maybe I'll think of something. I've got a year, right?
Of course, when you get on the Internet around New Years, you see a lot of people talking about resolutions. This year, the tone seemed different. Maybe even a little hostile. Overwhelmingly, what people said was "Why are you still making resolutions? Don't you know you can improve your life at any time?"
A good thought, but not particularly helpful in this regard. Probably a little condescending, even. The idea seems to be that there are groups of people who wait around until January 1st, start something to improve their lives, then when it fails, just sit around and wait until the next January 1st to show up. I don't think that's how it works.
I'm going to say this to you resolvers - if you want to use January 1st as a time to start fresh and try to improve your life, go for it. Take advantage of the New Year. Make it better than the last one. Surprise it. Surprise yourself. Surprise the people telling you to not make resolutions. Why not? It's your year. Do with it whatever you want.
And people who, for some reason, try to discourage these people from making positive life changes – why? What about telling someone else they're not making the right positive life change improves their life? What about it improves yours? If you want to improve your life on March 28th or August 17th, no one tells you to wait until the New Year. Don't deride someone for setting a goal just because it's based on a specific day. No one gets on you because yours aren't.
If anything, I want to start living like this quote that's going to end my post. This alone could make this New Year better than the last.
"You think it’s cool to hate things, but it’s not. It’s boring. Talk about what you love and keep quiet about what you don’t." - Liberal Arts