I’m not really one who enjoys counting down. It’s not that I’m not fond of large crowds and the cacophonous screaming after the fireworks start, or the fact that everyone seems to be getting somewhat drunk when midnight strikes on January 1st every year. Truth is, I sometimes don’t really see the point. Sure, it’s a new year, but so what? I don’t believe in the whole “New Year, New Me” nonsense because realistically, between today and yesterday, you’re still the same person, but only a few minutes older.
As cynical as this may seem, New Year silently reminds you that you’re getting older.
But since we’re already on the topic, let’s talk about New Year resolutions. Let’s be honest, nobody keeps those. I’m still keeping up with the resolutions I made back in 2009 and out of the dozens that I managed to accumulate on that list, I’ve literally only completed five of them, namely: (1) Learn how to breakdance, (2) Get better grades, (3) Stop mispronouncing the word “synecdoche,” (4) Let go of my past, (5) Survive the year. Otherwise, I’ve never kept the other resolutions. I never stopped being so talkative, I never considered becoming a doctor, and I never stopped scratching my pimples.
What can I say, resolutions are difficult to keep. Sometimes, I really wonder what is the purpose of having New Year resolutions. Is it just to make you a better person when you probably know that it won’t since you technically can’t change who you are unless you really try (in which case, you probably can’t get that resolution down until a couple more years)? Or is it just something you outline out of sheer boredom? I would agree with both, but now that I think about it, there may be something else to it.
Although I don’t see much point in celebrating New Year (don’t get me wrong: I like it because it gives me an extra day to complete my homework), I do think that resolutions are actually helpful, even if you don’t necessarily follow them. While it does force you to become a better person, it also forces you to know and understand yourself better. Let’s face it: we all have flaws or idiosyncrasies that we aren’t necessarily proud of and therefore don’t want to recognise. I feel like resolutions really make you acknowledge your weaknesses because although it may not seem like it, realising your flaws can be cathartic. It may be difficult to admit, but there are some things people can change. Just know it, accept it, and move on because even if it’s a resolution, some rules are meant to be broken after all.
Happy New Year!