I stopped making new year resolutions when I turned 20. I got high on the “new years” crack before then. Until I flushed it out of my system once and for all.
Here’s the thing I never realized back then: if you didn’t change, then your resolutions don’t mean shit.
- You’re not gonna lose weight.
- Or quit your job.
- Or go jogging every morning.
- Or move to a new country.
- Or start a business.
- Or write a novel.
And you know that already. Deep down you’re lying to yourself.
I did too. It’s so stupidly obvious and yet we never learn.
The year is irrelevant if you don’t change with it.
You’re better off praying to the heavens and relying on lady luck to knock on your door. Because it’s basically just as uselessly reliable as expecting change, just because it’s a new year.
Don’t get caught up in the “new year” hype
On new years eve there’s this energy dancing around in the air like a Michael Jackson moonwalk.
Everybody’s hyped as fuck. Excited. And then before you know it – the countdown begins before the clock hits 12AM.
You see all these types of hashtags slapped over twitter and Instagram, as if singing a chant is actually gonna make the world bend over backwards to ship off your dreams, free of charge.
What’s wrong with this scenario?
You’re caught in the social hype of new year celebrations.
That’s why before February, most people give up and go back to their old habits and ways of being.
It takes something deep to push a man or woman to change.
For me? That change was wanting to live life on my own terms, however I wanted, without having some bastard tell me when I can and can’t work.
Or how much I can earn. Or whether it’s OK for me to use the fucking toilet or take a day off, as if I’m some sort of slave with a collar wrapped around my throat.
Every year since then – I intentionally change and work on myself, without getting caught up in the brainless hype of the new year.
Which is the equivalent of hoping for a miracle without a plan of action to bring it to fruition.
That drove me to change. Not a resolution.
Forget about resolutions and start working on yourself.