New Year’s Resolutions

By , January 1, 2011 1:39 pm

Calvin and Hobbes resoluionHappy New Years! Welcome to 2011! And so on!

I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. Part of it is because I feel like if something needs doing, you should just do it – its not necessary to use a specific date to give an excuse to make a resolution. I want to go to the gym more, but started that ‘resolution’ in November when my dad bought me a gym membership for my birthday. I want to actively pursue my artistic goals, but started that ‘resolution’ in September when I quit my full-time job. The more I think about it, however, the more I think my reluctance towards resolutions is tied in with my experience transitioning.

Growing up, I would set deadline after deadline for myself: I’ll start transitioning by the beginning of high school. OK, the end of high school. OK, the beginning of college. OK, the end of college. (Actually managed to do that one!) Setting deadlines that I failed to keep just made me feel bad about myself, and reinforced the idea for me that pure desire isn’t enough to accomplish something.

Being turned off to resolutions may have ultimately been a bad thing. These days, I’m trying to rethink resolutions as a motivator rather than an opportunity to fail. At the same time, I’m still more comfortable thinking of goals rather than resolutions. It seems less depressing to fall short of a goal, rather than go back on a resolution.

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