2011 has begun, and having recovered from the various outings and parties we attended, it’s now time to start planning for the year ahead. You’ll find getting a job at the top of my list of things to be achieved in the next year, along with getting a degree and possibly a kitten. But will we be keeping our New Year’s Resolutions? I swore to myself that I would take up running in 2010, and I spent a few days jogging along the quayside for an hour or so, but I can now tell you that I do not own a pair of running shoes to carry out the podcast that is on my ipod, and I am no fitter than I was after my yearly Christmas feast of 2009. So why, so full of good intentions, can we never hold onto the promises we make to ourselves?
Could it be the timing of our resolutions? After a few weeks of overeating and drinking excessively, who isn’t feeling bloated and drunk come January? It’s no wonder we vow to cut down on the carbs and alcohol when we have allowed ourselves to indulge for several consecutive days. And it becomes easy to do when we’re sick of the sight of large meals and full wine glasses. But once we begin to diet and cut down the size of our meals or amount we drink, our bodies begin to crave those portions we let ourselves become used to, and we feel uncomfortable and irritated by this resolution that isn’t so new anymore.
Perhaps, then, it is our weak wills that prevent us from sustaining these New Year’s Resolutions. What we lack is the strength and willpower to carry out something that makes us unhappy. But who wants to feel that way? We cut down on overeating to begin with because we feel fat and depressed in our stuffed conditions, but several months into our new year we are happy with the way we are and don’t feel the need to carry on with our resolution. Yes, we might not exercise as much as we’d like to, but our quality of life is acceptable and does not need to be changed.
So this year, I ask you not to set the bar so high that it cannot be reached. Think of something that will make you smile, that is easy to do, and choose this for your promise. And you might find that it changes your life more than you thought it would.
Here are some of my thoughts on what a New Year’s Resolution could be:
- Learn something new
- Smile more
- Find a pen-pal
- Start a diary
- Make a blog
- Laugh more
- Plant a garden
- Commit a random act of kindness
- Go somewhere new
What will your New Year’s Resolution be?
Razz Arts Co-ordinator