New Year’s resolutions are stupid.
Let me elaborate. Resolutions themselves are not stupid. Changing your life in a minor or significant way is not stupid. By all means, please, take the actions you want and need to improve yourself and your life.
What is stupid about New Year’s resolutions is when people fall prey to waiting until one “special night” that only comes once a year to change their lives and make resolutions. What is stupid is allowing something as arbitrary as a calendar – the human illusion that is the concept of time itself – to dictate how you live, and/or how and when you change your life.
Waiting until New Year’s to make resolutions is silly. It means that you’re putting off changing your life. I don’t know why you’re doing it – it could be fear, or anxiety, or a lack of motivation – but no matter what it is, you are allowing something that is not you to take away your agency.
Take your agency back from procrastination, from fear, from anxiety, from lack of motivation! Make your New Year’s resolutions, if you so desire; but don’t just wait to change your life based on arbitrary limitations. If it’s February 2nd, or July 30th, or October 12th, and you feel the inspiration or the need to change your life, don’t hesitate – do it. Don’t give things like time, or traditions, or feelings, power over your decisions and your life if you don’t have to do so.
So, make your New Year’s resolutions. But don’t feel like you have to make any, and don’t feel like it’s the only time you can change your life. You can change your life anytime. Don’t make excuses; make changes.