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Aryan Vaid tells us about how it is difficult to fulfill New Year resolutions which are meant to inspire us to turn over a new leaf.

entertainment Updated: Jan 01, 2009 20:10 IST
Bawdy line | Aryan Vaid
Bawdy line | Aryan Vaid
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Finally we are in the New Year. With the New Year, always come New Year resolutions. It may be a great tradition meant to inspire us to turn over a new leaf.

But honestly, if we have to wait for the turn of the calender to become better at anything, then there’s little hope for us. A change in date is natural but a change in attitude is difficult. Breaking old habits difficult, if not impossible.

No difference
So year after year, I find my friends telling me about their New Year resolutions. It’s the same every year. While eating a huge slice of a scrumptious cake, a gigantic friend of mine tells me how he’ll change his lifestyle in the New Year.

Come January 1 and there are promises of, “No more cakes and junk food.” A lazy lifestyle will be replaced by workouts and a complete shift will be made to healthy eating habits. It’s a promise to not over-indulge. It was his way of dealing with his guilt of over-indulging.

I smile. If that happens, it’s great. But I think my friend and I are both old enough to know that the odds of this happening are improbable. Changing habits is about doing small things to make a big difference and not taking drastic steps to change your life around.

Healthy ways
And the funny part is that surveys across the world have shown that on January 2, millions of people begin the annual ritual of New Year resolutions.

Memberships at health clubs soar. The sale of chocolates, alcohol and cigarettes decline while that of health foods and drinks rise. It’s time for a new beginning. Yet, despite all this hype, many people will fail at their resolutions.

By February two, most New Year resolutions are reduced to a memory.

How come?
Because a change in attitude needs constant monitoring and working on. There’s never a convenient time to change ingrained habits.

My resolutions
For many of us, our New Year resolutions are more like wishlists and an extension of our desires.

So if 365 days in the last year weren’t good enough to achieve them, why should just a change of date do the trick?

Looking back at my New Year resolutions, well some years, I have gone beyond and some years I haven’t even come close to fulfilling them.

And what about this New Year? Well they are the same resolutions as every year — to be fitter, richer and wiser.

So, here’s to a New Year and to new beginnings with wishful endings.

First Published: Jan 01, 2009 18:56 IST