New Year’s Non-Resolutions 2017

I guess it’s that time of year where a blogger such as I is supposed, even expected, to write a post about their resolutions for the new year.

I’m not going to.

I’m not going to cause I rarely stick to them for any length of time.  Unfortunately I can’t even remember what last year’s were to prove the point.

The thing about resolutions is that the bit you actually decide to do probably comes after the thoughts of “what do I hate doing?” and “what do I need to do more of?”  So it kind of comes from negative things that you haven’t been doing which you think you should.

The only other side of that that I can think of is forcing unnatural consequences.  I can’t really think of an example other than to say (and this is absurd), “I want to be married by next year,” which could lead to compromises and poor decision making.  As I say, an out there example but hopefully you catch my drift that there are precursor steps that would make far better resolutions – “I want to be better a person in my relationships,” or “I want to meet more people”.

I am aware of things that I need to do more of.  I need to drink more water and I need to stretch.  I saw the advert for a yoga class again which I’m going to try to attend.  I don’t, however, want to make them official resolutions as they’re better phrased as living a bit healthier which is just a good thing to do anyway and I don’t want to guilt myself in to it.  They’re also things I’ve been telling myself to do more of for ages and arbitrary change of calendar shouldn’t make a difference.

I’ve said before many times on this blog that I can be happy in myself with the simple things.  I don’t believe in Bucket Lists because while there’s always something on them you always have a reason for being unhappy at not achieving.  It’s not bad to have things that you would like to do, but I think that once it becomes a necessity to achieve something then there could be a tendency to be unhappy while you haven’t.

Sure, have things you want to do, but don’t make it a requirement for a happy life.

So that’s why I’m not doing resolutions this year.  I’m not saying I never will again, I just think I want to enjoy doing what I do for a while.  If I was resolving something to remedy the ills of the last year, it would probably be that.  But I’m not sure it’s a resolution if you don’t make a change?!

I still don’t know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets
And every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Where’s your shame
You’ve left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can’t trace time

Strange fascination, fascinating me
Changes are taking the pace
I’m going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Oh, look out you rock ‘n rollers
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Changes by David Bowie

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