My New Year’s Fight Club Resolution

Happy New Year, New Year's Resolutions, Fight Club, humor, Modern PhilosopherEveryone knows the first rule of Fight Club, Modern Philosophers.

I don’t want to get anyone into trouble, so we won’t discuss it any further.  However, I’m wondering why that same rule shouldn’t be used for New Year’s resolutions.

After all, why is it anyone else’s business what goals I’ve set for myself for the year ahead?  What right does someone have to even ask me?  Why do people have to be so damn nosy?

Just drink your champagne and play with your noisemaker!

So my New Year’s resolution is to not talk about my New Year’s resolution.  I’m putting this out there now in my blog so the world knows not to ask me.

I don’t want people to think I’m rude when I refuse to answer their intrusive question, so please share this post and spread the word.

Because if anyone asks about my New Year’s resolution, I might go all Fight Club on him.

So let’s circle back to why I’m taking such a stand on this.  First off, while I understand why people make New Year’s resolutions, I also think they’re silly.

Happy New Year, New Year's Resolutions, Fight Club, humor, Modern PhilosopherWhy is January 1 the day you’re going to start making big changes in your life?  You didn’t do it the rest of the year, so why does hanging up a new calendar suddenly mean you are going to jump into action?  There’s nothing magical about the day, other than that we managed to survive yet another trip around the sun (which is pretty magical given who our President is!).

It’s the middle of winter, so this isn’t really the best time to start a running routine or go on a diet.  Why not wait until spring when it’s warmer, the sun is out longer, and everything about the world is brighter?

Also, why kick off the year by lying to yourself and everyone who asks about your resolutions?  You know you’re never going to keep them, so by sharing them with the world, you just open yourself up to failure and ridicule.

How many of us are truthful about our resolutions?  Is it possible that we just give an answer that we think the rest of the world wants to hear?  How many people are going to vow to exercise, diet, and lead healthier lives?

I have to wonder if people actually have other goals they’d like to set for themselves, but they are too embarrassed to share them.  Perhaps they have a bad habit that they both want to kick and keep secret.  Maybe they have a personal goal that they fear others would ridicule or not support.

Plus, if you’re weird and superstitious like me, there’s that odd fear that putting something out there and making it public actually jinxes it.

If we go all Fight Club on our New Year’s resolutions, we don’t have to worry about being judged.  Or jinxed.  It remains something personal, a challenge that we set out to conquer on our own.

After all, our New Year’s resolutions are for us, not for others.

Happy New Year, New Year's Resolutions, Fight Club, humor, Modern PhilosopherThat just makes sense to me.  I mean, I’m the one who’s going to be doing all the hard work, so why does anyone else need to know what I’m trying to achieve?

I guess some moral support would help, but how many people actually step up and push you to keep that promise you blurted out when put on the spot on New Year’s Eve?

Just think about it.  Happy New Year!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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6 Responses to My New Year’s Fight Club Resolution

  1. markbialczak says:

    I admire your resolve, as always, Austin. Happy New Year!

  2. Louise says:

    i am with ya’ on this one.. why does it matter if i make one/two or three or not.???? I don’t need a resolution to keep on following you.

  3. AAristizabal says:

    Good idea! Your post made me remember that three of my most important resolutions were made during the year: one in June, other in July; and other in November. So, as my doctor says, “the date doesn’t matter: if you believe it is important, you will do it; whether it is January 3rd or September 16th”. Best for your 2019 resolutions!

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