“ughh all these bandwagonners at the gym need to GTFO”
“lol yeah they’re totally just there for the first week because of some new year’s resolution”

It’s funny—nowadays I feel like I hear far more people griping about people who make resolutions than people actually making resolutions. What used to be a common and typical tradition seems to have dwindled down to something that almost seems to induce scorn in disbelievers.

Unfortunately, I’m certainly no stranger to picking up a resolution regardless of the time of the year and losing sight of it within a few weeks. I know that statistically speaking, most resolutions wind up getting tossed over the shoulder. The reality of the situation is often that something gets in the way.

But recently, I’ve noticed less and less people proudly proclaiming that they plan to eat healthier, pick up the guitar, or study harder in school for the new year. In fact, I’ve been noticing the opposite. So many people I know have been claiming resolutely that new year’s resolutions are stupid—that you can make changes to your life any time of the year, that resolutions never last, that making resolutions is too idealistic and short-sighted. It seems like it’s more acceptable to condemn resolutions than to make them.

And while it’s true that you can make resolutions at any given point of the year, I find the contempt that has, as of late, surrounded new year’s resolutions somewhat disappointing.

Resolutions are fueled by motivation, and while motivation can take on any number of forms for each individual, it’s not atypical to see motivation taking a dip in the middle of a long year. The entire premise of the new year’s resolution is that the yearly clock restarts and with that, a sense of freshness and rejuvenation can be felt. For a lot of people, that becomes their  motivation. And sure, that motivation might wane a little as time goes on, but at the same time, habits can form. After a few weeks of less Netflix or more flossing, perhaps the resolution will have transformed from a conscious effort to a habitual routine that doesn’t require a second thought.

And to me, that mindset is why new year’s resolutions ever really became a big thing. If people can find motivation in the new year, why look down on their desire to make a positive change in their lives? If people want to make a genuine attempt at something that matters to them, why convince them that resolutions are doomed for failure? Why not provide those people with encouragement and praise for their efforts? Because if a resolution needs anything besides that spur of motivation, it’s the sense of strengthening support.

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