res·o·lu·tion [rez-uh-loo-shuh-n]: noun: A goal or expectation set for a forthcoming year, usually determined within minutes of midnight on December 31st and often forgotten by January 3rd.
Goals are set, often with greater motivation than integrity, leaving most goal-setters more depressed than satisfied. It's a tragedy of mixed emotions and personal struggle as each person insists 'This will be a great year! I'll do it this year! I'll keep my resolutions!" Unfortunately, only few prevail, leaving most with empty expectations past mid-month of January.
Typical New Year's resolutions include the dedication of a gym membership, putting old, filthy habits to rest, or declaring a new, sudden interest in a hobby or sport. The first week of a seemingly prosperous New Year is quickly met by the sting of reality, bringing true consequence to whatever goal had been set. Withdrawals, aching muscles, and dwindling hope seem to overcome, and anxiety sets in. Disappointment is accompanied with guilt, following excuses to support not only the reasons as to why the goal wasn't met, but also persuasion to abstain continuance.
With each passing day, the pain of failure becomes too great to bear and the sugary comfort of chocolate cake seems all too familiar. Promises can no longer be kept, as they have been stripped of their original meaning, left void on a list of 'The Best Year Ever.' For some, the list becomes irrelevant, entirely distant from its original purpose, therefore devoid of meaning. The list becomes simply a crumpled paper, tossed to the trash, never to be gazed upon again.
With each New Year, many assume new opportunity and change will arise, just as the clocks strikes midnight on January 1st, as if a New Year can modify the direction of life with the toll of a bell. Setting a New Year's resolution is a personal accomplishment, something to encourage a greater quality of life and establish a sense of self. Without genuinely intending to follow through, the entire tradition will only end in self-inflicted heartbreak and devastation, making for a wasted year.
Before anyone can recognize, a New Year will come and go, swiftly and steadily, just as the years before, and new resolutions will be made. Some will be achieved; others, well, there's always next year.
Merry 2014! Cheers!