Those of you that have been stopping by my blog for over a year may well remember that I am not a big fan of New Year’s Eve. In fact I detest it. It’s almost certainly the one party each year which is inevitably shit, that’s why this year I shall be avoiding New Year’s Eve parties like pandas avoid sex. I don’t wish to waffle on too much about the matter as I laid out my position last year in a post entitled ‘New Year’s Evil’. Instead I wish to share a few thoughts on New Year’s resolutions.
A resolution by definition, is a decision taken to do, or not to do something over the next calendar year. The vast majority of unimaginative cretins are convinced that the only path to self-improvement is to disallow themselves from doing something they enjoy. The usual suspects almost always relate to giving something up. Usually smoking, drinking, eating, self-fellating, being irritating, breathing, wheezing, sneezing and stranger pleasing. It’s as if the world has mistaken New Year’s resolutions for the entry requirements to a monastery. And that dear friends is why the vast majority of people fail miserably in their quest for pointless self-improvement.
What most resolution makers fail to realise is that at heart the vast majority of human beings are hedonists, which means that the hardest things to stop doing are things which bring you pleasure. By choosing such opus dei-like resolutions you are choosing the path to failure. It’s like going to the casino and gambling to lose. The most frustrating thing of all is the fact that people are so often blind to the fact that a resolution is something that you can decide to do. It does not have to involve quitting something, it can involve starting something. Common sense dictates that the most succesful resolutions are made by those people who actually choose to do something they will enjoy.
It’s with those thoughts in mind that I have decided to join in and make a few resolutions for myself:
- Every time I exit an occupied lift I will try to leave a fart behind.
- Every time I receive poor service, I shall complain. Not only that, I shall enjoy complaining.
- In 2013 I will finish my next book, receive suitable acclaim for my new project, and try something so brave that I will require bollocks the size of Saturn’s moons to pull it off.
- And lastly. Over the next year, I shall have more fun that I did in the last one.
P.S. If anyone has their own resolutions feel free to share them in the comments below. That way we can check back in a years time and see how we fared. Good luck to you all. Oh and Happy New Year.