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Resolutions and lists

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Looks like we all managed to survive the Mayan doomsday long enough to greet another year with excessive amounts of alcohol and other such vices. Huzzah!

As I'm sure has been stated before, many people think of the new year as a time for new beginnings. I'm guessing it's because we all now have to remember to write 2013 instead of 2012, which I know is going to mess me up for at least three weeks.

I've never really gotten all that excited for New Year's. I stay up until midnight most nights anyway, so that particular novelty is kind of a moot point. Being a grown up I can have a drink pretty much whenever, so going out and getting blitzed is also kind of 'meh.'

I suppose it's a good excuse to put get dressed up and put on silly party hats and be completely obnoxious with noisemakers, though personally I think you should be able to do that whenever you want. Wouldn't life be more fun if we all wore party hats more often? The answer to that question is an emphatic yes.

I've said it before, but I'll reiterate once again, I'm not really in favour of New Year's resolutions as they always inevitably get broken. Last year I did up a New Year's To Do List as opposed to a list of resolutions. I think I managed to complete one of the six things I had on that list. The other five were works-in-progress, but were inevitably abandoned after a few months.

Is it because I don't really want to change? Maybe I like my life the way it is and don't need to improve it in any way shape or form! Ever think of that?

No, that's not the case. I think it's more to do with real life getting in the way of our goals. Let's be honest, a lot of resolutions that we make are incredibly unrealistic for our lifestyles. A person that rarely works out suddenly resolving to go to the gym for two hours every day likely isn't going to succeed in the long term. Baby steps – resolve to go for a walk a few times a week. If you want to lose weight, don't put yourself on a starvation diet – make a few changes to begin with before going crazy with your eating habits. Work your way up to the eventual long-term goal, I really believe that's the right way to succeed.

But what do I know? Maybe going whole hog on something works for some people. I just know from my own experience that slow and steady wins the race.


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