It’s probably past the time when most people have set their resolutions for the year but I know that I haven’t fully fleshed mine out. I think last year was the first year that I tried to create any kind of resolutions to welcome in the New Year, a year where I would be better than the year before. But I wrote those resolutions down on a piece of paper and, like all important pieces of paper, it then proceeded to become lost. I suppose I will find it again one day, but for now it still remains missing. I haven’t been organised enough to create a resolution nor do I particularly want to. But so many people do, so I guess that there is something that attracts us to them.
Deep down, we all want to be better than we currently are. Whether that is to exercise more, to procrastinate less or to have a tidier house. Or if we don’t want to be better, we want to have done more than before, have ticked new things off bucket lists, tried new foods and been on new adventures. And there’s not necessarily anything wrong with trying to achieve those goals. Some are more measurable than others and success will look different for everyone, but I think the idea of resolutions persists because it resonates with a desire for change that exists within each of us.
But I think forming resolutions can be distracting at times. We can become so focused on trying to achieve goals that we don’t see how far we have come in the process. Or we can spend time trying to figure out what our goals are that could have been put to better use by doing rather than planning. (I’m all in favour of planning by the way, I just know that sometimes I get more caught up in planning things than in actually doing them.)
So if I were to have any new resolutions for the year ahead, it would be to stop wasting time. In our society it is incredibly easy to waste time and wasted time can never be reclaimed. I want to spend my time doing what I love and helping others. I don’t think it will be easy, but I do think that it is something that I won’t regret doing. And that I think is what would motivate me to keep it.