January 1st. The first day of a new year. That day when we feel the potential of who we think we can be as we write our resolutions. It’s that First Day of our Big Promise to Quit Something or Start Something.
It’s usually one or the other. Stop drinking. Smoking. Swearing. Eating ice cream. Start going to the gym. Drinking more water. Reading more.
We choose things that promise we’ll become better, healthier people if we do them. Because, lord knows, if we accept ourselves as we are, how will we ever improve? We need motivation and surely these New Year’s Resolutions will motivate, yes?
Yet we fail miserably at New Year’s Resolutions.
Still we keep doing them. January 1 rolls around and we promise to stop or start various new behaviors and naively act like, this year, we’ll successfully stick to it for 365 days.
Here’s my thought on the New Year’s Resolution Custom.