Loose 5kgs? Go to the gym more often? Get better grades or a promotion? What is your New Year’s resolution this year? My advice: whatever it may be, take a piece of paper and a pen and write it down. Now scrunch that piece of paper up and throw it in the bin. Yes you did read correctly. Rip that pieces of paper into little pieces and continue reading to find out why you should NOT make any New Year’s resolutions this year.
Us humans are strange creatures. The only point in time we have power over is the present. Yet, all we do is regret the past or think about the future. We think about the future A LOT and most of the time we worry about it. Or we make plans for it, hoping that our lives will be better some day.
New Year’s is the time of the year where we start digging deeper and deeper for things that are wrong with our lives. Things that we desperately need to change in the upcoming year. Oh shit, last week I only went to the gym twice instead of 5 times- I am such an undisciplined person: New Year’s resolution number one will therefore be workout more. Or: oh my god I ate so much over Christmas, so instead of going back to eating healthy food straight after I will just continue stuffing my face with cookies for the rest of 2015, because I will just make a better resolution for next year.
New Year’s resolutions are silly. They put our focus on all the “bad things” of the past year. Instead of beating ourselves up for everything we could have done better, we should bring attention to all the happy times of 2015 and remember how far we have come. In our busy lives we often times forget all the amazing moments we got to experience throughout the year and New Years Eve is a great time to recall them.
The other day for example I was driving around in my car, something that I have started taking for granted, and I came to realize that it’s only been in 2015 that I have got my driver’s license and have gained this huge independence.
Also, yesterday I was looking through all my travel pictures for my Instagram “Favourite Travel Moment of 2015” recap and I suddenly felt astonished and deeply grateful for all those places I got to visit this year.
Bottom line: as life goes on we tend to forget about our achievements and magical moments of the year so instead of making a New Year’s resolution (which barely anyone sticks to) and picking out what we didn’t like about the year we should instead stop and be thankful for how much 2015 has given to us.
That’s why I will not make any New Year’s resolutions.
Oh wait- maybe I do have one: travel more, laugh more & live life to the fullest.
Happy New Year!
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