The Resolution Fiction

By Basil Wang

The act of coming up with a New Year’s resolution is a meaningless ritual which usually ends up taking some form or another of self-deception and false promise. Year after year, I hear that someone has come up with a resolution which they absolutely swear to go by for the entirety of the New Year, but fail to maintain past the first week. The truth is, New Year resolutions just don’t work, for numerous reasons. If one truly wanted to change something, why wait for the New Year? Why not just make the resolution when they stumble upon one? Instead, everyone simply feels obliged to make one because it is an expectation influenced upon by peers, and many end up creating ones which are completely irrelevant and unrealistic to them. Furthermore, a good, achievable resolution is one that is slowly achieved through small steps rather than in one spontaneous, drastic leap. For example, if one person wanted to run a marathon, they would not start off by running in forty-two km stretches, but rather start slowly and incrementally to build up endurance. Likewise, one should not expect to achieve and maintain a resolution right away, but make slow changes and steps to the right direction.