New Year’s Resolutions


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New Years Resolutions

It’s almost a month into the New Year and it can easily be said that resolutions for 2017 are now just a wild fantasy. Gyms are now deserted, their previous inhabitants at the nearest McDonald’s telling themselves, “I start tomorrow.” Some may wonder why people even make New Year’s resolutions if they are basically guaranteed to be broken almost immediately. It’s the mindset that just because the year is different, everything else changes as well.

The truth is that there is no difference between 2016 and 2017. Really, it’s all just a name we give to correspond with how many laps we’ve done around the sun. There isn’t some great change that occurs between 11:59 PM on December 31st and 12:00 on January 1st. The only thing that changes is the attitude of said person. From this, the classic lie called the New Year’s Resolution is born.

Now, I don’t want to be cynical because I’m sure there’s been somebody at some point since the dawn of man who actually kept their resolution. However, one can safely say that resolutions are a way for people to tell themselves they’re going to be better, going to the gym for a week, and then patting themselves on the back for how healthy they’ve become. Of course, in the process, they update their Facebook status with “New Year, New Me” accompanied by the classic gym selfie. For any reasonable person, this equates to turning over a new leaf.

One part of resolutions I don’t understand is why people have to wait until the new year to make a change. Why wait another six months when they can just start literally at any time? The idea of a “new year” is just a human construct that has no impact on the course anyone’s life. It doesn’t make any sense.

As far as benefactors of resolutions goes, I think that the only true winners are the the gyms. I guarantee there are a lot of people signing up for year-long memberships that only turn out to be useful for a couple of weeks. Gyms are literally collecting money off of people who are telling themselves that they’ll go tomorrow. It’s honestly genius.

New Year’s resolutions are simply a lie people tell themselves to make themselves feel better. In reality, they are promises to ourselves that we know we’ll never keep, as well as a great profit for gyms. However, that shouldn’t keep us from trying.