BY: RACHEL SMITH
As we close out another fantastic year at the Clear Lake Area Chamber, I can’t help but think of the upcoming year. It’s human instinct, really, to be curious about the future, and there’s no better time to ponder the possibilities of having a ‘clean slate’ than the first day of the New Year.
According to history.com, the ancient Babylonians are believed to be the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the New Year—though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted.
As time progressed, the first day of the New Year became the traditional occasion for thinking about one’s past mistakes and resolving to do and be better in the future. And while the Babylonians made their promises to the gods, to clear any debts and return anything they’d borrowed the prior year, today the New Year’s resolution is mostly made to oneself and focuses on self-improvement.
So here’s the real question – why does it seem we always fail at this? I know I’ve made countless resolutions on New Year’s; to work out more, to eat better, to get organized, to do a better job at saving money, to focus on my family more, and the list goes on and on and on.
The longest I’ve made it with following through? March. Two whole stinking months!!
If you are the type of person who opens their eyes the morning of January 1st and begins training for a marathon (though you’ve never run a day in your life)… kudos to you! For everyone else who pledged to drink more water and got tired of hitting up the bathroom every hour by January 15th… I feel your pain.
I had the idea one year to make monthly resolutions. I set a goal for January and kept it. I set a goal for February and kept it. And that was enough for me! Haha. The fact of the matter is… life sort of gets in the way, and that’s OKAY. There’s no rule stating “you must better yourself in the New Year.” Because honestly, and especially if you’re reading this blog, I imagine you’re pretty cool already!!
So cheers to another New Year. A fresh start for us to maintain being awesome, to be thankful for shelter in this deathly cold weather, and to look forward to another year of fabulous events, activities and fun from the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce!