New Year’s Resolutions… should we?

Enjoying that sip of sparkly and bumping glasses to ring in the new year is all fun and games, but then comes ‘that’ topic of discussion.  New years resolutions.  Why do we do it?  I was a bit intrigued by the origin of this and subsequently did some digging.

According to the most reliable and verified source Wikipedia (yeah right) “In religious origins;  the Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.”

Ok, so is this more about personal accountability rather than a re-evaluation?  Speaking to my colleagues and friends most of them decided to either stop smoking, loosing weight, finding their prince/princess charming and so I can go on.  Some just said they aren’t making any since they can’t keep them.

Who are we fooling? Or are we using this opportunity to tell others to help keep us to what we promised we are going to do in the new year?  Ultimately, mine is to get rid of the bulk of myself that shouldn’t be there, get fit and do at least one thing my 60 year old self (when I reach that age) would thank me for.

Making the resolution is the easy part, keeping to it, that is the bummer.  Surely it will take hard work, lots of time and in some cases money, but keeping at it and persevering is the most important part here.  Bottom line; we have to ask: Who are we making these resolutions for? Ourselves and no…. one…… else!!!  So let’s not ‘murder’ ourselves into oblivion to loose that extra kilogram, but let’s rather unpack that fantasy of visiting Babsfontein or some obscure place who’s name you cannot pronounce.  Do things that you normally wouldn’t.  Learn to crochet, or how about a new language or learn how to make a good Fillet Mignon to perfection.

When making new year’s resolutions why not chuck the idea of looking ‘into’ ourselves, but rather outside of ourselves and start that new journey.  Happy new year to you reading this and go ahead and make that resolution……. but make it a bloody good one!


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