Some things in life serve only to induce rage. No matter how small these annoyances may be, they are never insignificant. 'Rant List' is the chronicle of one self-loathing narcissist's seemingly unending pettiness.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

44. New Year's resolutions

^ Definitely relate to Calvin's logic here.

New Year's resolutions are pointless simply because there is no value in marking something as arbitrary as the beginning of the year with misguided goals and aims. A person can't just magically reinvent themselves because their calendar has gone from 2010 to 2011. Self-improvement is a gradual process that requires dedication and effort and New Year's resolutions are usually quickly forgotten half-way through January. No one sticks to them - if the resolution they had come up with was so important, they would have started acting upon it earlier, rather than waiting for such a non-event to kick-start it. Resolutions that are forced are doomed to abject failure. If you're out of shape, you'll probably remain unfit in the new year. If you drink too much, nothing about the new year is going to break that habit. If you're unadventurous, you're hardly going to become exciting as soon as the 1st of January strikes. You're still a fat, drunk, boring dolt who nobody loves (I felt that last part probably comes with the other characteristics).

I'm not against setting goals and targets for yourself. On the contrary, I actually think it's a very beneficial process that can really help in the relentless struggle of life. What I am against is the complete lack of thought that comes with New Year's resolutions, as they are only ever really done for the sake of it. The new year means nothing. There is no reason we should all eagerly eye up the clock at 11:59 and count down to the beginning of yet another year. Ultimately, nothing ever changes unless we're proactive. The beginning of the year is not a fresh start, everything remains as putrid as before. Deal with it.

In summary: My New Year's resolution is not to make any New Year's resolutions because New Year's resolutions are moot. If I want to make some semblance of a positive change in my life, I'm not going to wait around for January to get started.

P.S. Happy new year!

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