How to Beat the New Year's Resolution
Each year, the clock strikes midnight - cheers of jubilee rattle the streets - we kiss, we joy, we settle into the new year...
and then the anxiety begins.
Each January that passes brings its own set of misery and misfortune. By 12:01 the new year excitement wears off and we are lost in the turmoil of that fated list: the New Year's Resolution.
Society tells us that we must reinvent ourselves - and the wheel - each year to guarantee our success. The existentialists say this list will bring us revelation. The nihilists say the New Year's Resolution will bring us a little less of nothing. I say: The New Year's Resolution is a grand hoax.
Time is defined as "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole," meaning that our lives, here in the present, are continuously locked on an indefinite grid of existence, and there is no list of achievements that will magically make our lives better - or stop us from spinning on the same cosmic pendulum.
Sure, health and wellness are important, better financial planning is necessary, loving life is key, and living in the moment calls for genuine happiness - but these are things that you should be engaging in year-round. Why wait until the New Year to start improving on yourself?
We are given 365 opportunities a year to better ourselves - why limit to just one day, each year? If you've always wanted to bungee jump but were too afraid, tackle that now. Want to learn to stand up for yourself? Download that podcast. Wish you read more? Logon to Amazon. There are infinite opportunities and an indefinite amount of time to do the things you've always wanted to. You don't need to wait until January 1 to claim these opportunities as your own. The best time to start anything is always right now.
Live life to the fullest. Each and every day.