New Year’s resolution: Don’t make resolutions

Jessica Lewis

It’s that time of year again. Are you ready? January first is just a few days away, so I guess that means we have to decide what we want to change about ourselves or what bad habit we want to give up or what goals we want to achieve, and even if we’re not all that serious about them now, we better make those resolutions now.

If you can’t tell, I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I’m not sure what it is about them, but every time I hear someone talk about them, I have to roll my eyes just a little and let out a louder than necessary sigh.
Now let me explain that I am all for making changes in order to be exactly what you want to be and in order to achieve exactly what you want to achieve, I just don’t like the idea of making a decision to do something on an arbitrary date, just because that’s what everyone else is going to be doing.

There are several things I want to accomplish this year. I want to be less stressed, more organized and less dependent on other people to accomplish the things I want to get done. I want to make more of an effort to be happy, and to always remember that I am the only one I can blame when I’m not, and I want to put my mind to every task I’m working on and give it my best. But I know that just because January first rolls around, that doesn’t mean I’m suddenly ready to organize my house, my office and my car and keep it that way for the next 365 days.

To me January first is just an arbitrary number, not unlike May 16 or July 8. It’s not the day that is important, it’s being ready to do what you want to do, and being dedicated to doing it.

I can say I want to lose 10 pounds, but unless I’m really ready to push myself to do it, I know it probably isn’t going to happen. So make your New Year’s resolutions if you want, but remember, if you aren’t willing to put in the work, you’re probably going to be making that same resolution in 2009.