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A resolve against resolutions

entertainment Updated: Dec 29, 2010 14:35 IST
Riteish Deshmukh
Riteish Deshmukh
Hindustan Times
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It’s that time of the year when we spend hours deciding the lies we are going to say to ourselves, to our friends, families and to anyone who cares to listen! It’s that time of the year when we pledge and resolve, make promises we haven’t a hope in hell of being able to keep!
‘I’ll lose weight’, ‘I’ll put on weight’ ,‘I’ll not make people wait’, ‘I’ll join alcoholics anonymous’, ‘I’ll quit smoking’ ,‘I’ll be a better person’, ‘I’ll stop feeling sorry for myself’...

Im sure you’ve got the drift and realised that I’m talking about the infamous ‘New Year Resolutions’. We all make them and we all break them. Well, I say if we gotta break them then why make them? But my folks can proudly say that I have achieved what few individuals Riteshwho’ve walked on this planet since time immemorial have! I have managed to keep up to the last resolution I made!

Which was to NEVER make a resolution again! I refuse to set myself boundaries or curb the flow of my destiny by a set of self-imposed shackles!

I know I sound wounded and wary but maybe it’s because of a constant barrage by the various media channels and publications down the years which predictably had the same question to ask as each year wound up to its end!

‘What is your New Year Resolution?’ Initially I was a guinea pig, oblivious to the repercussions of innocently stating one’s resolutions
in good faith!

But then I realised that each time a resolution knowingly or unknowingly bit the dust, it became available for public consumption and ridicule! I began to feel like a pariah for committing the cardinal sin of giving in to the temptation of a gooey piece of brownie when I had categorically stated in my resolution that I would not! The brickbats poured in! The criticism was scathing! The brownie along with me was taken to the scaffolds and almost hung! Not that I judge those who decide to make New Year resolutions! I admire them for their courage and optimism!

I respect them for trying to discipline their lives! I wish them the best of luck in keeping upto their promises…I wait to welcome them over to the dark side when they fail! And so once more ive decided I WONT make a resolution this year! Oops… Was that a resolution? HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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