An open letter to myself and anyone else who made a new year's resolution

Dear person who made a New Year's resolution,

Well, we're about half way through this year. How did your resolution pan out?

Take a moment if you need to remind yourself of your resolution. Was it something ambitious yet ultimately unattainable? I'm going to guess... go to the gym more. Learn a new language? Write a book? Insert your own New Year's cliche here?

I don't generally make New Year's resolutions. I don't generally do the whole New Year 'thing' - that is, staying up late to watch some fireworks and cheer in January the first. I'd rather go to bed at a normal time and not start the first day of the new year feeling tired from the night before. But that's just me.

However, I did this year make a resolution, of sorts. I decided I would finish things more. I started pretty well, by tidying out my inbox, dealing with some work projects that I hadn't finished, and reading the ends of four books I'd somewhat abandoned in 2015. So far so good. I also decided I'd write this post now, in January, as a kind of check up on myself, but please take note even if you're not me. Hello, future self. Hello, future someone else.

So, how about that resolution eh? Most of them disappear in a mist of good intentions sometime before the end of January, but I'm being decidedly pessimistic here. Maybe you've kept up your resolution, in which case welcome to the congratulatory paragraph! Good effort, well done! Unless your resolution was something evil, like resolving to murder more people this year. That's bad. Stop doing that.

I suspect the resolutions that last are those that are actually important to your overall wellbeing. Simply doing something because it seems like a good idea might not get you very far. You've either got to really want it or actually need it. Of course, if you want to do something new, there's no reason you can't resolve to do that today. If you haven't kept up your resolution, ask yourself why not. Then maybe think about what you could do to start again, or what else you could try.

There's no reason to wait another six months to change your life just a little bit for the better.


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