It’s a new year. So what?

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.

I like to think of the start of the New Year as a gentle tap on the shoulder, reminding you to fall back, and re-evaluate where you’re at. It’s the equivalent of Location Services on your iPhone, or any old GPS — you have arrived at Point B, and you’re en route to Point C.

I like to think of the 1st of January as a useful marker of time and place — a glorified bookmark of sorts, a popular organizational tool at best. The new year as yet another clean slate, a blank space: akin to the beginning of a brand new month or day. It’s a nice symbol, a confirmation of the time that is fleeting by. Yet another milestone, a checkpoint, a cheerleader exclaiming, “You made it! You’re here!”

I like to think of New Year’s resolutions as a widely popular, yet mostly unwanted social obligation. (You know, kind of like Facebook.)

Resolutions can be useful, but a lot of people use the New Year as an invitation to make an overwhelmingly long list of loaded expectations of how you’re going to spend the next twelve months. Or, there’s the usage of #NewYearNewMe without any thoughtful consideration about the last twelve months that conspired, and how to actually improve upon them.

Maybe it’s the idea of putting too much weight on the next twelve months. Maybe we’re making the wrong type of resolutions. Maybe they’re unrealistic. Maybe we don’t believe in all of them. Maybe we’re making resolutions for all the wrong reasons — because everyone else is. Or maybe I just don’t see the need to wait for a precise moment at the start of the year to commit to something.

Striving for self-improvement and committing to making the world a better place to live in are fantastic ideas, but make your goals and aspirations whenever you want, and make them work for you. Not because it’s the New Year and “you have to”, but because you want to. Life is too short to wait for what seems like the opportune moment to take action on something that matters to you, something that you truly believe in, something that moves you forward.

And so I say, to hell with you, New Year’s resolutions. We never needed you anyway.

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