Friday, 18 December 2015

Why I Won't Be Making New Year's Resolutions


I know it's only the 18th December, but before we know it, new years resolutions will be popping up left, right and centre, alongside the reflections on 2015. I may write a reflection post but new years resolutions aren't my thing.

See, I don't do diets and I don't have any intention of hitting the gym just yet (I am doing a 10k run in summer nest year but that's still a while away!). What else is a common resolution? Work harder? Become more cultured? Promise to see loved ones more?

I know, I get that for some people that January 1st is an extremely motivating time of year and for some people it works. New year, new you. But for me, it's completely hypocritical and unimportant. Overnight, the adverts change from telling you to 'treat yourself' to 'you need to lose weight now'. Guilt and shame creeps in a matter of 24 hours, and I find it quite unfair really. And what's more, the majority have given up their resolutions by January 2nd, making them feel more guilty for not sticking to it or possessing enough will power.

 So yeah, I won't be making any and mainly for two reasons.

1. I won't be buying into the commercial bulsh*t. I won't be made to feel guilty about finishing off my Lindor chocolate in January or for not hitting the gym, and

2. I don't believe we only have one shot at changing.

If I wanted to change something about myself, I don't need to wait until January 1st. I can do it now. Right here, right this second.

We are always changing, improving, and growing as people. If we were to wait until a year has passed each time we decide to better ourselves, we'd be waiting an awful long time disliking a certain aspect of ourselves.

The only thing I plan on doing, is to continue to remember how short life is. To continue to try and live in the moment, cherishing every new experience, every new taste, sight and sound. To enjoy my life and do what makes me happy.

That, is what I believe life is all about.
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