I always chuckle a bit, at the beginning of the year, when I hear about people making their resolutions. Perhaps I’m jaded from working in the fitness industry for the past decade and seeing firsthand how well most of the population does at keeping their resolutions. Fitness classes are packed throughout January, with most instructors knowing we’ll encounter plenty of newbies. So while I know how little New Year’s resolutions truly mean to most of us, I can’t help but succumb to the allure of starting fresh along with everyone else.
We dust off planners and create new entries in our long-forgotten journals. We promise ourselves that this year we’re gonna stick with our diets. We de-clutter our living spaces, intent on making this year the year we stay true to our minimalist dreams. We organize closets and sort through our clothing, donating what doesn’t fit or what we don’t wear, promising ourselves that this will be the year that we purchase clothing that actually creates a cohesive wardrobe. We rummage through kitchen cabinets, tossing expired mixes and unmatched tupperware, vowing that this will be the year that we make good on our resolution to cook more. We purge our pantries of chips and cookies and make another vow that we’ll eat better. We sign up for gyms and fitness classes, committing to adopt a healthy lifestyle this year.
We swear, we promise, we vow, we commit. And 9 times out of 10 we break those promises to ourselves. Not that I blame anyone. We’re only human and though we all seem to hold ourselves to the same lofty standard (an organized, well dressed, salad-eating, gym-going human who probably never stress eats or binge watches Netflix), we just can’t make ourselves comply. Hell, I know firsthand how hard it is to change your ways, even when you have a powerful reason to. So it’s easy to be cynical about the whole New Year, New You thing that a lot of people buy into. I was all set to sit down and write about how ridiculous it is that people even make resolutions.
Come on, you know you’re just gonna break it the first time it’s raining
outside and you don’t want to drive to the gym because it’s coooooold.
But then I paused, and I reconsidered. Because even if someone doesn’t visit the gym after January 31st or they abandon the planner they were so totally gonna use this year. Or the living room is cluttered with toys three hours after you cleaned it. Or you had a bad day and indulged in one or two or a box of your favorite cookies. Even if we do end up buying clothes we don’t need or eating take-out way too much. Even if we don’t stick to our resolutions 9 times out of 10….. there’s still that 1. That 1 resolution in 10 that you did keep. And hey, the New Year got us off the couch after a month of eating too much and into the gym. It prompted us to purge and organize and de-clutter and even if that only happens once a year – it still happened!
So I wish you all good luck, in whatever you promised yourself this year!