You can buy into the propaganda machine found on countless websites and self-help books encouraging readers to make life changing New Year’s Resolutions. If stereotyped formulas are your thing, go right ahead. January 1st is right around the corner.
There is no such thing as a “New Year’s Resolution”. They are lies. Believing that through will power, lists, and simplistic decisions you’ll make better choices for the coming year is a one of the many falsehoods Americans allow themselves to believe. These particular lies coincide with the arrival of the New Year. In our minds, this seems like a good time to start something new like a diet or exercise program. We couldn’t be more wrong. If we wanted to live better we would have started it yesterday. Our lives should matter more than an arbitrary date and the conclusion of a night of drunken debauchery.
The New Year’s “resolution” concept, it’s in our heads. It’s an excuse we create to delay change and ultimately explain our failure. New Year’s Resolutions are fictions we tell to comfort our inevitable return to the status quo.
Don’t lie to yourself. If you want to change, change. Altering your life has no relationship to the mass delusion surrounding the significance of New Year’s Day. January 1st means nothing more than August 12th. The lemming train is boarding at the resolution station. There are cars for chocolate, diet, exercise, time with family, and so on. You can hop on the cultural bandwagon anytime you like. It will be boarding over the next four days. People will talk at length about the lies they’ll willingly begin telling themselves at the start of the New Year. You’ll notice that people love to talk about their resolutions. You don’t have to talk about anything. Bore no one with your weight loss goals or stories of how “this year will be the year you make it”. No one cares. No one wants to hear about your resolution. Why? Because no one likes being lied to. Live better, be better-today.
January 1st can go to Hell for all I care.