I've never understood the phenomenon of New Year's Resolutions. Sure, I get that it's a chance to start afresh with a clean slate, but these ritualized promises have become synonymous with bulleting a never ending list
The problem with resolutions is not only that they are overly ambitious (lose 50 pounds, yay?), too vague (drink less, though what is "less"?), or highly specific (anything short of reaching that exact target feels like a failure), but that they fail to account for ingrained habits. Furthermore, these resolutions don't connect to what happens after they've been accomplished. So you've managed to "become a better person"...then what? We don’t follow!!
Why is it that we have no more moral stamina than a noodle when it comes to keeping our resolutions? Because New Year resolutions are just symbolic. Everyone is making them, so we also try to make some. That way we too have something to share with the group in Whatsapp/Facebook wall. The problem is there is no conviction behind these resolutions. They are born out of tradition and group conformity rather than through a thought-out mental exercise. When one has a firm resolve to do something, one doesn't wait for a particular auspicious day to start it. One just does it.
Most New Year resolutions lack both the will and the plan for action. They just remain an exercise in fantasy, and seldom amount to anything on the ground of reality.
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