Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

Funny enough, in most of the blogs I am following, January is also about ... new resolutions. Not only in the blogs I read. No. New Year's resolutions are most apparent ... at the gym. In January (like every year) the place gets overcrowded with people who ... overdo it (that's why you recognize them as "new entries"). There was this guy, last week, on the treadmill. Oh my. He was running and running and running (and breathing heavily!!) and for a second I thought that he was going to have a heart attack. I swear. His face was dark red and his breathing got heavier every second. I got really scared for him. Luckily, he stopped running before we had to call an ambulance.
I am quite sure that I won't be seeing this guy in February nor in March nor in any other month of this year. I hope (for him) that I am wrong but I made the observation (over time) that usually New Year's Resolutions aren't long lasting.
I believe that new resolutions are to be made when you feel them, like "right now is the time to change this or that", and not because it's January of a new year.

I was thinking about this the other day, when a friend of mine told me that he was drinking less coffee. Apparently, one fine day, while drinking coffee in the office, he suddenly realized that his coffee "consumption" somehow had reached new and unfortunate high levels. His wife and his friends repeatedly had told him to lower his coffee consumption. He knew that he was drinking too much coffee but... (you know how this is). Until that one fine day. He told me that he was sipping his coffee when he suddenly realized that he had to stop. Too much caffeine.
That was it for him. From that day he resolved to drink just one coffee per day. And has been doing so since then.
You'll be arguing that making the resolution to drink less coffee (or whatever your resolution is about) is one part of the story.
The other would be ... to actually drink less coffee. Day after day. That's where it gets really difficult and that's why most resolutions remain what they are: resolutions (as in opposite to "actions").
Otherwise we'd be perfect human beings ... and we'd live in a perfect world.
Too boring, right?

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