A phrase we all use so often, most popular at the end of December or the beginning of January, we associate it with change and hope for the better. Really, it is just a psychological change – the idea that it is a brand new year is correct of course, but it also just happened to go from Monday to Tuesday, like it does every other week in the year.
The real significance of the date change is the idea that we have moved onwards – it is used to draw a line in the sand and see what we accomplished in the previous year, and to look to the distant horizon to see what we want to achieve in a year that is so new it still has the price tag on it.
Many of us will wish to lose weight, give up smoking, take more walks and get more fresh air – a physical approach to the new year. These are measured in a sense of well-being, mostly. Although it is simple to track weight, or the number of cigarettes smoked, we don’t do this for the numbers.
Some of us will strive towards career goals – to work harder in their current job, or to find a new one entirely. Both fine choices of course, there’s no point in making the money if you cannot enjoy it, and they do say that you cannot take it with you (although I’m sure many have tried).
We also make plans to make the new year the perfect time to finish various projects we have- take down a wall here, a lick of paint there. Maybe finish the book that we have had planned in our heads for so long. These items are of great pride and worth, and are greatly rewarding when completed.
Finally, there are the social or family promises we make to ourselves – the promise to see our friends more, to settle down and start a family, or to just go out and make some new friends during the year.
We have many reasons that we make these resolutions, and of course these broad generalisations do not account for nearly as many choices that can be made. But there it does make you wonder which tradition came first – New Years Resolutions, or Spring Cleaning, the act of removing all of the useless items surrounding our lives and getting a clean slate to work with.
I have never held much stock in these myself, but I will subconsciously be working towards these goals myself. I would like to lose a little weight, and of course a little extra money couldn’t hurt. But my goal for the year is my writing. It may or may not be clear at this stage, but I take a great joy in my writing, and I have to thank those of you that visit my site to read what I have written.
To all of you, I wish you the best of luck in any goals that you have for this year. I thank you all for reading my posts, as you encourage me to continue doing what I love, and of course I wish you a very happy new year.
Here’s to 2013!