THE OPINION GAMES Caitlyn Spanner and Sarah Taviani weigh in on New Year’s resolutions.
CON: [CAITLYN] EVERY YEAR ON the last day of school holidays, once I’d covered my diary in brown butcher’s paper and magazine cut-outs, I’d fill it with ambitious New Year’s resolutions (become school captain, make the State touch team, get a boyfriend). I promptly forgot about them until April, when I would cringe at how I’d failed my once-motivated self. This ritual followed me into adulthood until one year, while preparing for uni, I decided enough was enough.
I URGE YOU TO BE KIND TO YOURSELF IN 2017. BOYCOTT RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE ONLY GOING TO LEAD TO GUILT! Instead of setting unrealistic resolutions just because January had come around again (give up sugar, run every day, achieve High Distinctions at uni), I decided to be kinder to myself, and I urge you to do the same in 2017. Boycott resolutions that are only going to lead to guilt! Instead, be honest with yourself, set a goal in June just because, and don’t let the pressure of an unnecessary resolution hang over your head all year.
PRO: [SARAH] AT ONE POINT I swore off all soft drink for a year and emerged victorious, only to discover that my cousin had finished the lemonade (my prize) at 11.59pm like an absolute goblin. But not all resolutions need to be a black/white, win/lose situation. Think of resolutions as an end goal. You want to save money? Cut back bit by bit rather than just hoarding everything like Smaug at the Lonely Mountain. (Although you do look good in gold.) You want to take up exercise? That doesn’t mean you lace up your shoes and race Usain Bolt on January 1. Unless you have Usain’s number, in which case hook me up. Work up to your goal. Take things slow and accept that you’ll fail throughout the year at least a few times – the important thing is that you try again. Hot tip: have the Chariots of Fire song on hand to obnoxiously celebrate your victory.
ACCEPT THAT YOU’LL FAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT LEAST A FEW TIMES – THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU TRY AGAIN.