3. January shouldn’t corner the market on new beginnings. January thinks it’s so damn special the way it sits there at the beginning of the calendar, looming and making false promises of a new start. What’s wrong with March or July to start anew? And you don’t have to be Chinese to follow their calendar which begins on February 3rd of 2011… that seems like a fine time to start a new direction. Or hey, I have an idea, what about next Thursday? Next Thursday could work too! Everyday that you wake up is a new day and a new array of possibilities! Isn’t that exciting? Looks like January 1st just lost all its meaning… pfft.
4. Simply, expectations suck. It’s nice to have goals and dreams and all that, but setting yourself up with an expectation that you may not even be able to achieve is just a waste of time and energy, and will eventually lead to disappointment. I once resolved to stop writing song lyrics on the bathroom walls of shady bars in the Lower East Side with my Sharpie. I stuck to it for a bit, but the budding graffiti artist in me couldn’t be kept at bay, so when I finally gave into my childish behavior, do you know how crushed I was? I set an expectation for myself that I clearly couldn’t keep, and in failing to do so, I felt like shit. For weeks, I had to rock myself to sleep assuring myself that I still had worth despite my ability to stick to one simple resolution. Needless to say, it set me back years emotionally. Don’t let the same thing happen to you!
5. You’re perfect. That’s right, I said it. While your friends and work colleagues scramble to try to better themselves in some way with a list of all the things about themselves and their lives they want to change, you can sit back and breathe a sigh of relief because you’ve realized something that they haven’t: no sense in changing what’s not broken. It takes a lot of guts to accept your human (and beautiful) flaws in a society that strives for perfection. You managed to get thought 2010, 2009 and every year before that just as you are, so why mess with a good thing? Clearly, you must be doing something right that you manage to forge on in this sometimes cruel and scary world and get to the end of each year a little wiser than you were just twelve months before – no need to condemn yourself to the impossible.
So this New Year’s Eve before the champagne starts flowing and you’re sitting around with your friends as they spout off about their upcoming resolutions, keep these five facts in mind. Resolutions are for other people, because you’re doing just fine.