Resolutions? Just a Piece of Cake…

Have a happy new year, not a happy New Year because then I’d refer to 1st January only, which would be rude of me to do, wouldn’t it? However, some may argue and say that in greetings and cards you’d better capitalize the words in order to stress their impact and to make sure they do come from the bottom of your heart and you do mean what you put down. Have a Happy New Year then, as cards suggest. In other words, to be as precise as possible, I want you to stay happy for 365 days or, in case of 2016, which is a leap year, for 366 days.

Whenever a new year knocks on your door, you are ready to make a resolution, still another resolution. Why do it anyway? You aren’t going to keep it after all, are you? It simply means cheating yourself. You want to learn a new skill, read over fifty books, or explain the inexplicable. As a matter of fact, such promises you make to yourself seem quite realistic to you when you think of them, when you verbalize them just after midnight, on 1st January, but they start fading away when the first week of January is over, or even much earlier. I may be wrong but I keep hearing it all around me.

A new beginning comes each time the period of 365 or 366 days is over. Do you really start anew? Do you reset yourself the way you reset your computer after the files you’ve been working on are all corrupt? You make a resolution because others do it, so why be an outsider here?! Although you tell yourself to cut down on smoking, to eliminate sweets, to move your body much more, or to be more of a culture vulture, you won’t succeed anyhow. Sorry for being so blunt with you, but that’s life! One in ten succeeds, so why you, why me? Some may say: “Oh, come on! You’ll never know once you’ve tried.” So, I’ve tried and, lacking in my determination, I obviously failed. Today I had a piece of absolutely yummy chocolate cake. Mea culpa!

So, to comfort myself, and to reassure myself that “where there’s a will, there’s a way” is not always true, I’ve come across some resolutions which give me some food for thought, although, unlike my delicious piece of chocolate cake, this food is low in calories:

  • Some say a good resolution is to look inside of you to find out who you really are. Ok, but what if this self-realization is too overwhelming for you?
  • Some say a good resolution is a new day’s resolution, not a New Year’s  resolution. Ok, I’m quite fine with this one because you may change, adjust, adapt, or give up. So, why not try this one for a change, seeing each and every new day as a new beginning?
  • Some say a good resolution is to start eating healthy food. Ok, I agree with this one because my body is at stake here. Before I start eating health products though, there’s still some junk food I have to get rid of. And you know: these days people are starving all around the world, so I mustn’t throw the food away. Besides, I get invited here and there and I can’t just say NO to a home-made, mouth-watering cake, can I? It’d be impolite, wouldn’t it?
  • Some say a good resolution is to try hard to become a better version of yourself? What if I don’t like my “NEW-ME 2016 VERSION”? Can I easily go back to the older version, I mean my “ME 2015 VERSION”? I’m afraid that some components of the upgraded version may not be compatible with the ones from the old version and downgrading may turn out harmful, if not fatal to the user.
  • Some say a good resolution is to forget your past and to build a new tomorrow. Again, using some computer-related jargon, I don’t think I can delete anything with one click, can I? What if I erase the memories I want to cherish? What if this process is irreversible? No, this one won’t work for me.

And so on and so forth. It’s the third day of 2016 now and some have already given up on their resolutions, some are still fighting (a losing battle), some remain fairly determined! Between you and me, as naïve as I am, I wanted to make three resolutions this year, namely:

  1. to not be addicted to Facebook Messenger or to  the news feed section. However, as I’m far away from home, I stay in touch with people in this way. So, I can’t deprive myself of chatting with friends, can I?
  2. to write shorter blog posts on my Friendly Lingua website. So far so good! In my whole scepticism about the resolutions, I’ll try to stick to this one, at least for some time.
  3. to eliminate sweets. For more information on this one, read what you’ve read or look at the image above the text.

 

To quote Audrey Hepburn, “Nothing’s IMPOSSIBLE, the word itself says I’M POSSIBLE.” So, treat each single day of your life as a new beginning. The moment you open your eyes and feel you can conquer the world, do it. The moment you open your eyes and you feel a bit down in the dumps, see what awaits you and don’t promise anything to yourself. If you feel like treating yourself to something sweet, just have a piece of cake. You deserve it!

 

And a final thought: making resolutions is a good classroom activity when you meet your students in January after their December break. Lots of personalization, a great deal of laughter,  lots of positive thoughts, and incredibly creative ideas. The younger the students are, the more determined they are when making their firm resolutions and when keeping them. The older you get, the more beginnings you welcome in your life….