So, they tell me it’s 2010 and, since it’s 2010, we should have some New Years resolutions. But are they really worth it? That’s what I asked The Panel this week.
Here are their answers:
• Kristin: New Year's resolutions are great and useless. They make me feel better about myself, give me hope for the new year and its fun. In the back of my mind I kind of know that most of the resolutions I make just are not going to happen, but maybe that's part the problem. Self-fullfilling/self-defeating prophecy.
I hope to change that in 2010. My first resolution is to follow through. This year- well, in the past 6 months I have changed a great deal and I know that there are many more changes to come in this new year. Some for the better, but its not going to be easy. I want and need to make my resolutions stick. Starting now. Happy New Year!
• Houston: New Years resolutions are ways that we remind ourselves that life is pretty much hopeless and we are doomed to failure.
In short, they prepare us for work so we get off on the right foot every year... very useful.
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• Stephanie: When I was a kid I thought they were nifty, but when I was a kid I was also insecure and silly and naive. I mean, if there's something about yourself or your life that you want to see become different, go ahead (unless it involves mass slaughter or something of that ilk, y'know). Time itself is an interesting concept, but our delineation of it is such a strange and oddly stupid construct to use as a basis for self-improvement. I reckon I can understand bits of it, or at least I can understand the moronic reasoning people use in order to function, living and dying by calendars and schedules, but I also can't help but feel like the whole beginning/end thing is a total crock, the one-through-twelve numericals are insignificant. I hate when people say that certain years suck, certain months, certain days. By whose freaking standards? Your own? Society's? It's patently stupid, and yeah, I know that I like being contrary and frustrating and I know that the fact that I have a photographic memory (no joke on that one) has kind of screwed up my relationship with my own past and present and whatnot. I like resolutions, I like change and improvement. I hate excuses and formal traditions being upheld and instituted like they are meaningful in and of themselves. They are not. And besides, nothing is ever in and of itself. And yes, I stole that from Chuck Klosterman.
• Mollie Katie: The success or failure of New Year's resolutions, to me, depends on the person making them. But overall, I think they're great! It shows an effort to make a positive change, and I really like the idea of that. I've probably made a dozen resolutions I've kept and another dozen I haven't, but I usually put in a decent effort the first month. And before you ask, no, I won't tell you my resolutions this year or from the past because I think it's bad luck! :P
• Justin: If you want to make a change in your life, just make it. You don’t need a new calendar to do it.
• Jen: I am not a fan of the New Year’s Resolution. It is a yearly reminder of I how I have no follow through or “sticktuitiveness”. I make a resolution on January 1st and by January 3rd I have forgotten I have made any resolutions. There are so many things I need to change, I’d need a list to keep track of them all. I am also not a fan of lists. I forget that I have created one, rendering it useless. I need a list for my lists. But you can see where this is going. Truthfully, I have an issue with my memory. Now what was I talking about?