When the New Year comes around, it is time to start thinking about the resolutions we may put forward for the coming months of the new calendar year.
There is a juxtaposition that takes place here, too. We get together to celebrate and toast goodbye to the past year. We thank the last twelve months for all we have learned and the people we have met. In the sunset at the end of the year, we can see ourselves clearly from a year ago. We are able to take note of the ways in which we have changed, the things that have been added to our life or taken away, and the people who have seen us through every moment along the way to where we are now. Looking back over the past year is a special tradition, but as we do, we squint into the sunrise of the future, too. We can barely see it; we don’t know what is to come, but we can try to plan the person we want to be at the end of it.
This seems to be slightly ironic in a way. It takes us looking at the past year in order to be able to effectively plan for the future.
This is where New Year’s resolutions come into play. We set clear goals for ourselves when we are faced with the reality that next year, we will most likely be in the same mindset as we are now. We will no longer be in the dark. We will know how the year turns out, the people we meet and the opportunities that arise. However, what we do now can move us forward in a positive direction toward where we would like to end up.
New Year’s resolutions can be a tradition that tends to get flack from the general public. This is mainly due to the fact that people are often unlikely to keep the goals they set for themselves. Once January is over, it is difficult to remember how intently we were on getting to the gym five days a week or reading more books before falling asleep. These can be difficult to keep throughout the year, but ultimately, our insistence on setting them each year is an important and special quality. We can make sure to keep them by holding one another accountable throughout the months ahead when we get busy and distracted. These are public declarations and in this display of examining our lives, we create room for improvement.
Setting these goals with each fresh year is a way to remind ourselves of the ways in which we want to better ourselves. When we tell each other of our goals, we can be sure to keep them.