Resolution: That One Promise We Never Fail To Break


January 1, 2020.

The day I finally decided to look back at my long-forgotten and neglected blog. Well, there is absolutely no surprise that today is the day I eventually chose to come back here; today, the day of new resolutions, one or two or maybe three in the case of many whereas an umpteen resolutions in my case. This day is a much awaited day for me because I am a person who loves to plan new resolutions and wish earnestly for them to happen. The same is true with anyone who makes vows on this day.

The extent to which we look forward to this day each year is revealed in the following excerpt taken from my own life:

Dec 30, 2019.

Mom: Meena, come wash the dishes atleast today.

Meena: Mom, you know what! In 2 days, it’s gonna be 2020, the year that I start helping you with the dishes, which I will be following for a whole year.

Dec 31, 2019.

Meena’s positive half of her mind: Come on! Start reading a book today. It has been a long time you’re wasting time.

Meanwhile, Meena’s other half of her mind: But why should I start reading today when tomorrow brings with it the day of new beginnings, which will ultimately lead me to become a voracious reading champion!

All of us knowingly or subconsciously believe in this somewhat superstitious belief, no matter whether it fails each year or not.

If you happen to be a die hard fan of the TV sitcom, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., the first thing that might come to your mind when you hear the word ‘resolution’ is the episode in which the six friends gather and pledge to take a resolution each. Even though one of them (Phoebe’s) is an impractical one (which is, by the way, probably the one that many of us would love to try out), two among the others always tempt me to follow suit, namely, Ross’s desire to do a new thing each day and Rachel’s ambition to never gossip. I could say that I somewhat succeeded in achieving Rachel’s ambition (well, somewhat, not yet fully).

I happened to watch this episode on December 31, 2019 and immediately felt a zealous, ardent spirit push me towards planning my own vows for the coming year. As I was planning on what it should be, I received a call from one of my friends who told me about a guy who had taken a resolution to finish reading 19 books in the year 2019 and had done it very successfully. The moment I heard this, I knew what my 2020’s resolution would be: to start a book club with my voracious reader friends and read 20 books in the year 2020. After all, it has been quite a while since I and my similar-minded friends have been complaining about ourselves having become utterly lackadaisical when it comes to reading a book fully. We have a strong positive feeling that this resolution would definitely work out and that we will do wonders. All the very best to us! Happy New Year!!!

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