Whether you’re desperately escaping the backlash of a tempestuous 2016 or reflecting upon a year of tremendous achievements, we’re all moving onwards and upwards. So now is the traditional time for reflection, realisation, and resolutions – the magic three for a happy transition to the new year.
And when the clock strikes 12 on the 31st December, we’ll be in full 2017 swing.
The holiday season, like I discussed in a previous blog, tends to be a time of gluttony and overspending for many. This means it’s natural that as the festive season passes, frugality and abstinence seem to feature in our New Years resolutions. Promising ourselves ‘new year, new me’, that we’ll do this or remember to go there, that we’ll embrace change and forego bad habits.
But whenever I think back to last December, I’m stumped.
I can’t even remember what I promised myself last year, let alone stick to anything.
Because of this, my resolutions aren’t ever built to last. The most ambitious goals fall behind as quickly as they were created. It’s alright, I didn’t really want to save up to travel the world or buy a flat anyway…
New years resolutions are a funny thing. The tradition of annual promises goes way back to ancient civilisations.
Whilst Babylonians would make promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts, thousands of years on, we now opt for 21st century alternatives like Vegan-uary and gym memberships.
Doing a quick sweep around the office to find out what Starlings were promising themselves this year, there was a general movement towards health, wellbeing and taking time to look after ourselves – physically and mentally.