Each year, we are confronted with the societal pressure to resolve to change, to become better and more successful versions of ourselves. This pressure to change as the calendar resets is known as the dreadful New Years’ resolution. The most common resolutions usually have to do with image. We want to lose or gain weight, or miraculously to fall in love, and there is always the ever-popular desire to make a whole lot of money.
Unfortunately, our wishes and wants are usually unrealistic. There are very few of us that will be focused and push toward our goal throughout the year. Instead, the majority of the populous will remain the same weight, or it will fluctuate in an unwanted direction, and most of us will end up with less money in our pockets as we earn the same salary and watch the prices of everything around us climb to unbearable heights.
Perhaps we should change our goals to much more plausible ones. Let’s try to gain at least five pounds, have at least four major face breakouts, be rejected by our one true love, make at least ten humiliating and stupid decisions, go bankrupt, and of course get a C or lower in at least one class.
The reason we can’t achieve our resolutions for the New Year is because we think we can do anything; if we could just bring our expectations down a bit we would certainly reach our goals by the end of the year. If you, like most people, lack the drive to see your ambitious resolution through, perhaps this year’s resolution should be to have more of a drive and more perseverance in order to reach next year’s resolution.
Good luck, fellow New Year’s resolution strivers. May the odds be ever in your favor.