Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

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Like last year, I have made no resolutions this year. I find the exercise pointless, but probably not for the same reasons you do.

The running gag is that we make resolutions and break them rapidly, putting people in two camps: those who go for it anyways and try to resolve, and the people who give the tradition lip service at best.

I fall into neither category. It’s mostly because the date is so arbitrary. Why is each year considered a blank slate? This doesn’t even compute with the business calendar. Everything that affected me in 2012 won’t just get up and leave for 2013. Looking at the new year has a new start is cute and fine, but for me, it doesn’t hold much water.

The truth is that your life isn’t characterized by years. It’s divided into stages. You have the freshman stage of college which can last your freshman year of college and bleed into your sophomore year, you have your senior stage of college that really begins the summer before your junior year, and you have your postgrad stage which starts in the spring of your senior year of college. These are the times when you need to make resolutions; when your life is actually changing.

You just had a baby. Resolution. You’re moving to a new city. Resolution. Someone close to you has died. Resolution.

I don’t want to knock New Year’s. I’m still going to have a good time and celebrate how great 2012 was and look forward to a new set of 12 months. I’m just sick of people telling me to make life decisions that don’t fit within the context of anything that’s actually beginning tomorrow.

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