I Didn’t Make A New Year’s Resolution

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.

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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?

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Do you think you’re gonna stick to it?

-Morgan

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28 thoughts on “I Didn’t Make A New Year’s Resolution

  1. I know what you mean with this. I have goals set. I don’t know what the difference is. But I want to be able to get into writing 1000 words in a day that I get to write. I’m not sure where that time is going to come from – but I HAVE to find it somehow!
    Hope you’re having a good Friday 🙂

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  2. Excellent post!!!! Your example resolutions made me laugh 🙂 it’s so true!!

    Very similar to me in parts, I didn’t really make any resolutions but I did built myself up for work on Monday 4th so I didn’t feel miserable and I intend to try and ‘enjoy’ the daily grind a bit more too.

    And feel a bit better about myself too, I completely understand (I think) where you’re coming from 🙂

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    • Thank you! Yeah, I came back to work on the 4th, and I just didn’t feel ready so I haven’t enjoyed this week at all.
      It’s the little things, like making yourself feel a bit better, that are more important, I think :).
      I’m glad you liked the post!

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  3. I always have some resolutions and plans, in fact, I like planning, but it’s not simple to keep my plans! But I have goals and intended to achieve them! Sometimes I am just lack of some good luck, at least, a bit!

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  4. Lots of people feel the same about resolutions. I don’t make them, especially ones I know, deep down, will be too difficult to keep.Your life seems full enough – and happy enough – at the moment to fit anything else in. The working day always takes the biggest bite out of our lives. Have a wonderful 2016, Morgan. 🙂

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  5. The year before we adopted our children I was thinking about going back to college – to do an Open University degree. Har har. I find it difficult enough these days to find time to write the odd blog post.

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  6. I quite like making resolutions but I have had mixed results over the years! Sometimes I have made them and then put no thought at all into how to achieve them. I guess I thought it would happen like magic or something 😀

    This year they are a lot more specific, rather than just ‘exercise more’ I have tried ‘go jogging three times a week’ day 8 of the year and it is going well 😛

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    • I think that’s the way to go! Being so vague makes it harder to stick to. I should have made the resolution to learn how to play 2 popular classical pieces on the piano, rather than just “learn” how to play.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I made the same resolution I do every year for the past 3 years. I have this ambition to run a thousand miles in a year. It averages to 84 per month. 28 per week. I haven’t been successful yet. I get thrown off in the summer time when I’m playing with the kids until 9 or 10!

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      • Getting closer… LOL The first year I tried it I ended up with close to 700 miles. Not bad, but I missed my goal. I ran very little through the summer. Last year, I again slowed WAY down through the summer, but this time it never really picked up. Did 1/2 the mileage I did the first year. So far this year I have 18.3 miles so far. 66 miles in the 22 days left in Jan. I just need to keep it up through the summer.

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      • Wow, keep going! Have you always kept fit, or is this something you’ve only took up in your adult years? I doubt I could run a mile! In fact, I know I definitely couldn’t run a mile.

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  8. Definitely lovin’ this post. I have a love-hate relationship with resolutions because I don’t believe you need a new year to change your habits and resolutions mean you need to resolve something with yourself and I constantly believe that everything happens for a reason! HOWEVER, I always make it a goal to drink more water, simple? Yes. But it makes a world of difference in.. well, everything! Looking forward to reading more from you!

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