New Year’s Resolutions? Not this year.

“A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.”
– Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

I have made one big(ish) change this year, I’ve given up Diet Coke (which has become a slightly problematic addiction), but I’m not going to call it a New Year’s Resolution. The weight and significance of that label makes falling off the wagon or a non-starter even more embarrassing.

I have reached a point in my life where I see no point in allocating myself annual resolutions, knowing that from experience the course of a year can change drastically in the space of a few weeks. 365 days is a long time, you can become a completely different person from one month to the next; how can any 1st of January resolutions be malleable enough to withstand this process?

My resolutions of yore have leaned towards the general, everyone makes them, resolutions. Pointless statements I made to fit in to the resolution making crowd.

These are a few of my past and (mostly) failed at resolutions:

  • Write a daily journal
  • Stop drinking Diet Coke
  • Join (and use!) the gym

They failed not only because I am lazy, give in, or change my mind, but because they are statements devoid of meaning. Why should I write daily? Why do I need to stop drinking Diet Coke? Why do I need to join the gym? They are arbitrary, and if there is no meaning behind them why on earth should I want to stick with them.

New Year’s Resolutions ought to reflect what you want to gain from the year:

  • I will write a daily journal to keep me in the habit of writing and to gather ideas for which I can begin writing a book; I’ll record ideas and poetry that pop into my mind too.
  • I will stop drinking Diet Coke as not only is it poisonous and rotting my teeth, it gives me wind – no one wants a gaseous Alice.
  • I will join a gym as I am unhappy about the state of my body and want to get into shape so I can feel more confident about myself and in the company of others.

Making resolutions is not a pointless endeavour, I know people who thrive on a year of them! However, I am fickle and I have a habit of veering off course when being told what to do – even if the orders are coming from me.

This is especially applicable to reading; I know what I enjoy and I know there are books in abundance that I won’t discover without the help of others. However, I want to meet challenges are they happen, not set the standard by which I discover them. As long as I read widely I will be happy.

Have you set yourself resolutions?

7 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions? Not this year.

  1. I pick goals for each month and try to stick to them. My goal for January is organization. I *might* (fingers crossed) be moving for a new job. So in the hopes that I get it, I’m trying to make sure moving for it won’t be such a huge hassle. If I don’t get it, my house will be clean and organized. Win-win.

    I have the same problem with you as setting resolutions for myself. I tend to get a bit contrary when I’m told what to do, even if it’s myself telling me.


    1. I like the idea of one goal a month, rather than for the entire year – more room for achievement (and for the nice feeling that comes with achieving).

      Fingers crossed for the job! What is it?


  2. Your thoughts about whys are excellent, and adding details to plans does help make them reality. I got a day-by-day diary for Christmas and so far I’ve made brief notes each day but only because I’m currently remembering to do so – it wasn’t really a resolution and I reckon I’ll forget soon enough.

    The most recent ‘update’ I’ve read suggests you’re doing okay with the diet coke, is that still happening?


    1. 12 days diet coke free! Still craving it though. I sometimes relapse with a Lucozade, or something else fizzy, which seems to suggest that I need to quit all fizzy drinks that I am not mixing with Gin.


  3. I don’t start New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I don’t need a specific day to promise myself something I will never do. If I wanted to do something, I’ll just say I’ll do this and start doing it there and then.

    I think New Year’s resolutions are something to show-off to other people sometimes, that you’re willing to change yourself, compared to others who haven’t set any goals. But then again…everyone forgets it by the time February comes.


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