COLUMN: I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions


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As Americans wake on New Year’s Day, they’ll come together in the annual ritual of promising to immediately stop doing x, y and z and then break that promise within 72 hours.

Sometimes I think people should make resolutions to do things they already do. Think about it. There’s little chance you’re going to break it. And you can feel successful at keeping your resolutions as you do laundry or take the dog for a walk or pick your kids up from school. You know, the mentality of “keep on, keepin’ on”?

I was asked what my New Year’s resolution was recently and an awkward moment of silence followed. It was a bit like asking someone how he or she is doing. Is there really any answer other than “good”? I just said the first one that came to mind because let’s face it, are there really any resolutions other than the standard few? Thinking back, I should have said something odd like “To get the oil changed on my car every 3,000 miles” just to see the reaction. Although, oil changes really are something I should pay better attention to, so does that make it a resolution?

I’d be lying if I said keep on, keepin’ on wasn’t my motto on New Year’s Day every year, or any part of the year.

I’m not a New Year’s Resolution-maker. I stopped after about the second New Year’s Day I made resolutions. I had written a resolution down, only to find the piece of paper eight months later while packing to move and thought, “Oh yeah, I was going to do that.” Not only had I forgotten about the resolution in a matter of days, but when I found the paper, my life was in a completely different place than when I had written it down and it wasn’t even applicable anymore.

I realized my life isn’t going to drastically change just because the calendar went from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.

Instead, I enjoy that, although news never takes a day off, I do on Jan. 1. I take a moment to reflect on the past year (while drinking a delicious cup of coffee because ruminating and coffee on a relaxing morning seem to go together), and then just keep plugging along at life.

Because after all, life is fluid and the idea that we’ve moved from 2012 to 2013 doesn’t matter in the large scheme of things. The issues, problems, hopes and dreams people have in 2012 will still be there in 2013.

Sure, some people are among the estimated 20 percent who really do follow through on resolutions. They’re like the people you pass while driving who are running 10 miles uphill in shorts in a blizzard and you think, “Wow, that person’s either tough or insane.”

But how important are New Year’s resolutions when I can find resolution generators online? All I have to do is click my mouse on a button and presto-chango, a resolution pops up. It’s like something that so saturates society that no one blinks an eye at it anymore. According to one resolution generator, I should sing out of tune. Done. You should be glad you can’t hear me when you see me singing in my car (Yes, I’m that girl).

Whether you pooh-pooh New Year’s resolutions or take them on like the world’s greatest challenge, we’re all going to be one day further along in life on Jan. 1, so keep on, keepin’ on.