It’s that time of year when people start making their New Year’s declarations. You hear a wide gamut of declarations from ones of weight loss, to those claiming to be drama free, to those even going as far as doing purges.
The “new year, new me” bandwagon is about to hit the streets, and everyone is jumping aboard.
The gyms will dangle offers the New Year’s resolutioners can’t refuse. Life happens, and the gym attendance eventually shrinks. People will go from being drama free to nosediving into the sauce. Many make goals, yet few fail to reach them.
One of my biggest gripes with the “new year, new me” wave is that people wait until the first day of a new year to make drastic changes in their lives, changes that take a lot of trial and error to master. People expect that they’re going to make this change on the first of the year, and the momentum of everything being fresh will keep them going.
I’ve been told over the years that there’s something psychological that causes people to wait until the first to make changes. My honest opinion is that change shouldn’t wait. If you want to lose weight, lose weight in March, April, May, June, July, anytime inspiration strikes you is fine.
To cling to bad habits, and wait until the first day of the year is a setup for disaster. Get rid of bad habits now, make changes now. Get used to failure, and get back on the horse, and fall again.
Change is a gradual, brutal, slow and painful process that should be a lifelong thing. Stop waiting and just start doing. Don’t start on the first, fail and decide to wait until the next year to start over.
Life is short, and you don’t have the time to wait for the first day of the year to make changes purely for a psychological push.
Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.