Happy New Year!
I used to think New Year’s resolutions were useless promises you made to yourself that you would never reach and probably forget about a week into the new year. Why bother even thinking about it right?
I mean, they still can be sort of useless. If you make empty promises to yourself in the heat of the moment, you will most likely end up not reaching those goals. But I think differently about the whole idea of “a fresh new start” now. The same way habits are good for people, I think the feeling of getting to start anew is good for people.
You are not the same person you were last year (no matter how tiny the changes in you might be) so why should you not make some promises to yourself. If it keeps you motivated to do something for a little while, is it not a good thing?
Personally I have changed the way I make those promises. Instead of making them when drunk through a toast with friends on New Years Eve, I take some time in the New Year to think them through. Maybe even make a small plan!
Not to mention they are not the huge mountains they were a few years ago, but small promises with small steps.
Whether or not I reach my goal is yet to be seen. For now, though, I have fun imagining they all will.