Last year, I had one New Year’s resolution: I wanted to learn how to play the piano.
For some reason though, when I make resolutions in the new year, I don’t take into account the difficulty, free time and plans of the year ahead. This seems to be a case for a lot of people, where your mind goes blank and all of the resolutions you’re making – for one split second – seem manageable and doable alongside your work and your family.
Sure, I can fit gym in 4 times a week after work, and I have time to make smoothies for lunch before I leave, and I’m sure it’s not hard to quit smoking, and I bet I have time to learn Spanish, too. Easy.
I eventually realised I don’t have time to learn how to play an instrument right now. I was in the middle of mountains of coursework and reports throughout the early months of 2015, and come summer I was due to start a full-time software development internship. Fast forward to today, work takes up my entire day. I get home, cook tea, tidy up, blog, shower and then it’s time for bed. I’d have to sacrifice my blog, and it’s too dear to me to let any new extra-curricular activity come between us.
This year, I didn’t bother making a resolution. Resolutions don’t tend to last anyway. By the middle of January, the excitement goes away and normality creeps back in, as do the bad habits. Instead, I intend to just keep going. Maybe try to feel a bit better about myself. Maybe try to enjoy the daily grind a bit more. Maybe give myself a bit of a break. But maybe not. Either way, entering a new year doesn’t magically make a difference to anything. It doesn’t matter. Why do we want to say good-bye to what could have been the best year of our lives?
Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Do you think you’re gonna stick to it?