New Year’s Resolutions: Why Do We Bother?

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Ally Hayes, Contributor

New Year’s resolutions have lost popularity over the years, and I’m starting to think that maybe that’s for the best. I used to spend hours thinking about what my resolution would be. Would I try to lose weight this year like everyone else in the world? Or maybe I’d try to break my caffeine addiction or wake up earlier? 

Maybe the resolutions are harmless, but in a way, they promote a hivemind mentality and encourage people to find things wrong with themselves that they wouldn’t have considered before. Most people make resolutions for things that they’re not really passionate about or they follow everyone else’s which may not be what is best for them.

To me, New Year’s Resolutions were always a way of postponing what we actually wanted to do. Or, if there was nothing you could think of, then they were just a trend that you couldn’t follow. Whenever people started talking about theirs, it was just another conversation you weren’t able to take part in.

Not to mention, hardly anyone ever keeps theirs or remembers it past mid-January. And the ones that do remember are just trying to prove a point that they’ll fail to make in the end because the cold hard truth is that New Year’s resolutions aren’t worth the time. 

I genuinely can’t remember the last time I made a real New Year’s resolution. I think my mom might have mentioned them to me a couple of years ago and I thought about it for a minute and then the thought never crossed my mind again. 

If you’re really interested in doing something for yourself, don’t wait until the New Year to start. Start when you’re ready and understand that progress isn’t linear. You’re going to forget some days, or maybe one day you’ll wake up and just really need that cup of coffee, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve broken your promise or resolution. It’s okay to take care of yourself in every way you need, even if that means indulging in something that’s considered bad.