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New Year’s Revolution

Perhaps some of our non-US readers can help me out here, but is it only us? Is it a truly American quality to have no resolve, no will-power, no integrity?  Or is this an us thing rather than an US thing?  Whether it is human or American, it is beyond annoying.

It is particularly annoying this time of year.  It is January 9th, how many times have you been asked if you’ve broken your New Year’s Resolution yet?  How many commercials have offered the “Resolution you CAN keep” and then typically offered something bad for you (whether that’s to eat more jelly beans or to buy a luxury automobile well out of your price range and practical living means)?

Beyond annoying.

Frustrating.  Pathetic.

It is pathetic that we, as people, have an expectation of ourselves and each other to give up, to fail, to take the easy way out, or to make the laziest, least healthy choice.  It is depressing that this expectation is more often than not met.

But is this trend of meeting the lowest possible expectation an observation on innate human nature or is it a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Are we a chicken or an egg?

Are we Pygmalion or Galatea?

In other words, who is in control of the narrative?

I contend that we (me, you, you, you, you, and you) are the authors of our own reality.  I submit you fail to reach a goal not because you are human and humans fail, but because you simply wrote a goal that you had no intention of meeting.  How many middle and grade school classrooms are working on a goal setting unit this week, and how many students are being told to just write anything when they’re running out of time or ideas?

That’s rhetorical.

My point is: drop the resolution.

Start a revolution.

Don’t resolve to eat less sugar, go to the gym, “get in shape”, or diet.

Start a revolution for a healthier you.

Create the life and lifestyle you want.

Write the narrative of your own life.  Start one word, one day at a time.

I’m revolting against the idea that we are destined to fail.  I’m revolting against the idea that there are things to be endured instead of appreciated.  I am revolting against living a life that is not that life I want to live.

The power is in the narrative and I am the author.



About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

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