New Years has always intrigued me. I’m not really sure what all the fuss is about, to be honest. One thing in particular confuses me:
Why do resolutions have to wait until January 1st?
If you want to quit drinking pop, then quit. Why wait several months to start? Or, if you’ve quit and have a moment of weakness and give into an urge, do you just give up until society says it’s time to make resolutions again?
We let the oval of our planet’s orbit dictate when we change our lives.
If you are sitting on the couch eating potato chips on January 3rd and suddenly realize that you should probably exercise more often, should you wait 362 days before you start? (363 if it’s a leap year, I guess.) Some people don’t go quite that far. Instead, they function on a shorter-term loop.
“Let my life be controlled by ovals? No thanks. I’ll take rectangles.”
We all know those people who’s whole lives revolve by the little boxes on their calenders. There should be calender covers that say, “If it ain’t in the box, it ain’t gonna happen.” Maybe I’ll capitalize on that business. I’m not saying I think organization is wrong. I mean, I’m probably a little over the top myself.
If I do something that’s not on my to-do list, I’ll add it after-the-fact and immediately mark it off.
Don’t judge me, it makes me feel more accomplished. That kind of organization isn’t what I’m talking about. I mean the kind of people that can’t do something if it wasn’t written in the itinerary. There is nothing wrong with spontaneity.
If you insist on participating in the cliche of New Year’s resolutions, here’s my suggestions:
1. Make a resolution on your own schedule sometime this year. See something you want to change? Don’t wait. Start right away.
2. Look for opportunities to do something unplanned. See a scenic detour on a road trip? Put down your stopwatch and take some time off the schedule to enjoy the views.
Don’t let the ovals fence you in, and think outside the box. Actually, don’t just think outside the box: live outside of it.