Did you make your New Year’s resolutions to kick off 2014? How often will you hear/have you heard that question? Well, did you make any? I wonder where that tradition started.
I’ve seen several answers to where and when it began but what I don’t get is why anybody bothers.
There are a number of polls asking folks if they made then, why they made them and if they kept them and how long before they broke them. I don’t buy the validity of polls anyway and especially ones like this.
If we say we make them it means we recognize our flaws and if we say we vowed to fix those flaws but failed it labels us weak or without self-discipline. If we have to wait for December of every year to fix this stuff it’s quite obvious we lack that self-discipline.
I stopped making resolutions a few years back. My usual vows involved losing weight, eating healthier, getting in better shape, getting more organized; you know the same pledges most of us make year after year. I’m not sure about the average, or record, length but mine typically lasted a few days to a week.
I think for lifestyle changes to really kick in it needs to be something we really want, or think we need, and be something we can realistically achieve through sacrifice and hard work. But why do we need that magical date to undertake it?
Truth be known, New Year’s Resolutions are much the same as other traditional days “allowing” us to do what we should have been doing all along. Do we need a special day to recognize, and pamper mothers or fathers? Do spouses only shower each other with love and affection on anniversaries? Bosses should only honor secretaries on a certain Hallmark day?
Jan. 1 is just another example of us setting aside a date to do something, recognize someone or fine-tune our lives when those are things we should have been doing all along. So maybe the making and breaking of resolutions would better be called reminders or refreshers. See, I’ve already broken a New Year’s resolution I made several years ago. I resolved to never write another column about New Year’s resolutions. Just sayin.’
Mike Scinto is a 37 year veteran talk show host serving locally, statewide and nationally behind the microphone. For the past dozen years he has authored this award-winning column. “Friend” Mike at www.facebook.com/mikescintoshow or visit http://mikescintocolumns.blogspot.com.