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2022 started on a rather gloomy note. With omicron cases rising and several restrictions reimposed, it was not so celebratory. Plus, after two consecutive pandemic-laden years sucked the jovial vibes out of many.
But, it didn’t stop people from carrying out a new year’s custom as old as time, i.e. making new year resolutions.
However, I stayed away from it this year, and let me tell you, it led to the best January in several years. Not making new year resolutions may sound ambitionless to a person from afar, but in the long run, it has a lot of perks and I want to share them here with you.
No Unrealistic Expectations
The fundamental flaw in new year resolutions is that you resolve to become a better person in just a day. You make a list of 6-7 things that you resolve to change/start/end. For example, you spend 4 hours per day on Instagram till 31st December but you resolve to spend only 30 minutes from the very next day.
Albeit making positive changes is necessary for growth, expecting so many changes to happen in a single day is kidding yourself. When those expectations are not met, a feeling of disappointment creeps in. And who wants to add on to the already piled up reasons for disappointment?
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Social Media Effect
During the last week of December and the first week of January, Instagram is full of memes on new year resolutions and how they never get fulfilled. Seeing millions of people like me who make resolutions every year but can hardly get to the second week of January with them made me realize how stupid the whole exercise is.
People were commenting about how making resolutions is the epitome of peer pressure and I couldn’t agree more. Who decided that instead of enjoying the first day of the new year, you have to focus all your energy on becoming this new person?
Not making resolutions turned out for the best because Omicron did not make January easy anyway. COVID-19 took “new year, new me” way too seriously and I didn’t want to be in the same category as it.
But it was refreshing not having to keep up with resolutions and then mourning when they aren’t fulfilled. It didn’t add to my stress and I felt happy when I achieved small daily goals. In that sense, I am changing a little every day and by the next year, I would automatically be a “new me”.
Sources: Blogger’s own opinion
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