Resolution Revolution

By on March 19, 2013

It’s officially 2013. For most people, this means a new life with new experiences, new people and new chances. For others, it’s a chance to recalculate their predictions about the end of the world. And then if you’re anything like me, it’s another chance to get started on old habits.
Besides the cold, wet, slushy snow January brings along, it also brings about a fever of New Year resolutions. I’d be lying to say that I’m not guilty of having been infected myself. Despite how hard I try, I can’t seem to resist the urge of secretly muttering the words “This year, I will…” into the cold touch of the winter wind. And from every year
I can remember, I have always success-fully managed to have done exactly…nothing. Sorry to disappoint guys.

For anyone that can relate, you are all too familiar with the seducing disposition to create a resolution for yourself when the clock strikes 12. It’s a chance to say good-bye to your past mistakes, get a clean slate and hope to get it right the next time around. Unfortunately however, actually carrying out your resolution is a sticky aftermath for most of us.

Until recently, I didn’t realize why that is. We’re all so competitive and hold such high expectations of our-selves that we forget that the whole point of resolutions is self-improvement; to learn from our mistakes in the past, and accordingly create new and realistic goals for our-selves. Most of us however, forget about that last part.

We may set goals, but they’re all based on what we see around us, through media, magazines, television, or even friends and co-workers. Like human tendency would have it, we immediately compare ourselves and our lives, to others and demand to stay current with the bigger or better. The saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” couldn’t summarize our situation any better.

“If they can lose 200 pounds in 5 months, why can’t I?” “If she can buy a Mercedes, I will buy one too.” “If he has a 3G, I have to get a 4G.” As glamorous and appealing as someone else’s  lifestyle might be, it’s important to remember that they too, have their flaws and imperfections. The person that lost 200 pounds went under surgery to have all the fat removed. The girl that bought the car probably had to get an outrageous loan. The guy with the 3G phone was passed down his brother’s old one.

What I’m trying to say, is that life will never be perfect for anyone. There will always be bigger and better things to crave, but that doesn’t mean we have to start off our New Year based on how someone else is living their life. Instead of succumbing to the social pressure of how others are living their life vs. how you’re living yours, try focusing solely on yourself. What self-improvement is there for you to do in your life?

Forgive those that have hurt you. Let go of old resentments and mistakes. Forgive yourself for the things you’ve done. If you’re going to make a resolution, make it count and make it about you. Things like “I will buy a better car than my co-worker, or I will have cooler clothes than everyone else,” don’t exactly fit the guidelines.Your resolution might be crazy, weird, or just plain random, but as long as it’s made for you, there’s no way you can fail. Meanwhile, here’s a list of some crazy New Year’s resolutions that I caught wind of.
Send me your resolutions and feedback at Until then, Happy New Year Asia!

  •   Spend less than $1825 for coffee at Starbucks this year.
  •   Keep it to myself that I have trouble with authority when I’m being interviewed.
  • Stop licking frozen flag poles.
  •   Learn how to make sushi.
  •   Save, save, save! Saving is one way to be wealthy.
  •   Lower my sugar intake.
  • Take a risk.
  •   Be a better person.
  •   Not to cry watching sad films.
  •   Find love or die trying.
  • Move to another city.
  • Get married and stay married.

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