Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: What I Think of New Year’s Resolutions

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well. It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for my second post in the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews. You can read what others thought about this week’s topic here.

Today’s topic is:

What I Think About New Year’s Resolutions

What are New Year’s Resolutions?

A new years resolution is a concept initially invented by the ancient Babylonians around 4000 years ago. They were the first recorded civilisation to celebrate the New Year (which for them was in mid-march rather than January). During their twelve-day-long celebration, they reaffirmed their loyalty to their king (or crowned a new one). They also made promises to the gods that they would repay their debts and give back anything they had borrowed. If the Babylonians kept their promises, then their gods would reward them. These promises are the precursors to our modern-day resolutions.

Resolutions and Me

Growing up, my siblings and I were often encouraged to make a New Year’s resolution, though, unlike the Babylonians, we weren’t worried about being punished by the gods. The purpose of our resolutions was to teach us the value of making and keeping a promise. At least, that was the hope of my parents.

Every year on the first of January, my mum and dad would ask us what our resolutions for the New Year would be, and we’d each write them down and promise to keep them for the whole year. We were also encouraged to make them at school after the Christmas holidays.

The problem was, however, that none of us took it seriously. We’d promise things like cutting down on sugar, completing all our homework on time, and the big one – being nice to each other for the whole year. What kind of siblings are nice to each other for the entire year? I mean, I’m sure those people exist, but they certainly didn’t in our house. Not for the whole year!

As I grew older, my resolutions changed, and unlike when I was a kid, I used to genuinely mean them when I made them. They were often things like quitting smoking (when I still smoked – I’ve been smoke-free 7 years now!), eating healthier or exercising and inevitably, they’d all be broken by the end of January.

Now, I don’t bother with making New Year’s resolutions. I’m not against them; they can serve a purpose, at least for some. For example, New Year’s resolutions can be a jumping-off point for people to break bad habits or create new healthy ones. Some are more likely to stick to something for a whole year if they start on the first of January. But for others, like me, resolutions can mean pressure; some people can be hyper-focused on completing a resolution, and it can be crushingly disappointing if they can’t fully commit to it.

I believe it’s better to be flexible. Give yourself a break. If you make a resolution, perhaps think of it as a guide rather than a rule. You might find you’re better able to keep them.

Anyway, that’s it for my second Wednesday weekly blogging post. Thanks for reading.

Until next time,

George

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12 replies

  1. I didn’t know the history of New Year’s Resolutions. Very interesting!

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  2. I didn’t realize making resolutions went all the way back to the Babylonians! That’s fascinating!

    I suggested to my kids that perhaps they could be nicer to each other this year. That lasted until January 2! No surprise. LOL

    Also, congrats on being 7 years smoke-free! That’s a wonderful accomplishment!! 🙂

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  3. Love this bit of history, so thank you for that. And congrats on being smoke free for seven years. That’s huge.

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  4. Loved the background on resolutions… thanks for sharing! Also, good for you for quitting smoking. I lost my dad when I was pretty young to lung cancer. It’s a horrible thing.

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  5. Hi George! I am 5 years smoke-free! It is a huge thing!! I am proud of you that we are in the quitting club! That was the best thing I ever quit! I loved the history of resolutions too! My sister and I were pretty nice to each other, but we couldn’t ever make it the whole year!

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  6. I’m with you on this one: I generally find making resolutions — particularly year-long resolutions! — creates too much pressure. I try to keep my goal-setting smaller in scale, so it’s more manageable.

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  7. Loved the background on resolutions – and I agree, it’s best not to be too rigid.

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