As one Ohio writer put it, “New Year's resolutions are as much a part of the holiday as watching the ball drop on television and having pork and sauerkraut.”
Wait, what? Black-eyed peas, man. Pork and sauerkraut ... what kind of cockamamie ...?
Still, the guy had a point. We tend to look at the start of a new year as the start of a new me. By and large, people swear off and on pretty much the same stuff each year.
That same piece went on to list weight loss, smoking cessation, reduced alcohol consumption, reduced debt, more savings, and heightened volunteerism among the most common New Year’s resolutions.
Another website added run a marathon (good luck, dreamers), get a new job, take a photograph every day (okaaay), and fall in love to the list. Legal disclaimer: You might not be able to turn on that last one at will.
All fine, perhaps altruistic and spiritual oaths, but are they attainable and maintainable?
And then there’s simply New Year’s resignation.