I am well aware that starting a year on Jan 1 is a purely artificial construct designed by businesses to sell fireworks and $500 dinners. If you feel like it, you can just as well celebrate the new year on Sept 15 or April 28 or whenever.
It doesn’t make that much of a difference apart from likely finding it easier to get a reservation at a restaurant and not having to put up with an excessively “cheena” countdown show.
Whatever date you do choose, though, I have always found the changing of the new year a good time to reflect on all the various ways I have gone wrong in the last year and then take steps to correct these mistakes.
Some people call this process making New Year’s resolutions.
I don’t. That phrase has now become such a loaded term that the moment you say you are making a New Year’s resolution, your body is hardwired to automatically break it.
This is why there are still so many smokers and overweight people around.
So no, we shouldn’t call it New Year’s resolutions any more.
We should just think of them as an annual attempt to change behaviour for the better. And in 2014, this process is especially important because, my goodness, we picked up a lot of bad habits in the year past.
I actually struggle to think of another block of 365 days where humans collectively behaved so badly.