Resolutions, The Art of Self-Deception ~
New Year’s Resolutions – I don’t think I’ve ever made one in my life.
I’m not certain as to why, but I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s Eve. Perhaps it is because we were in the restaurant business for so many years and we always had to work our tails off on that day. Or maybe it’s because it seems to be an excuse to go out and drink beyond the point of reason. The noise, the craziness, the crowds (I hate crowds) or just the pure insanity of it has never appealed to me; but I guess that may be exactly why the holiday appeals to so many. And really, New Year’s Eve isn’t the holiday, right? Isn’t it New Year’s Day that is the holiday? You know the day when everyone is sleeping it off?
And if I really need to make some changes – hence a list of resolutions – shouldn’t I already be working on said changes? Why wait until the start of the new year? I think this is where the art of self-deception takes hold. According to USA.gov, the top New Year’s resolutions are as follows:
- Lose Weight
- Volunteer to Help Others
- Quit Smoking
- Get a Better Education
- Get a Better Job
- Save Money
- Get Fit
- Eat Healthy Food
- Manage Stress
- Manage Debt
- Take a Trip
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
- Drink Less Alcohol
It’s fascinating, isn’t it – if one really feels the need to make 1 or more of these changes, one should kick it up a notch and get going! Why fool oneself into thinking the new year will bring about the change?
If I were going to make a list of resolutions, which I’m not about to start now, my list would remind me to be more patient and remember to live in the moment. Simple and on point.
I love the holiday season; Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and yes, even New Year’s Day, but when it comes to New Year’s Eve and making resolutions I say, “Bah-Humbug!”
Who’s with me on this?!