Resolutions vs. Wishful Thinking


It’s been a while since I sketched anything. It’s not like anybody cares anyway, so I suppose it’s okay. I’ve been thinking of the reasons why I don’t feel like writing a long list of new year resolutions for 2009. I never missed dedicating one or a few journal entries babbling all about my resolutions. This year, though, it’s different. I don’t know if that means I’ve stopped believing in resolutions or that I’ve simply grown up to become more realistic.

Making a list of new year resolutions (I’ll just use the abbreviation, NYR after this point onwards) is customary in many people’s life. Not making one makes one seems estranged. I’ve come to ask myself why I made NYRs in the first place. Do I want all these, or do I hope to be able to do what I enlisted in my NYR? If I only wish for it, how is that any different from simply making a wishful thinking?

How many people actually put as much efforts into realising their NYRs? I know people who do, and I also know people who don’t. I remember asking one of my friends about her NYRs:

Me: I’m just wondering, but… Why do you write new year resolutions?
Her: *chuckles* What are you talking about? Isn’t that the normal thing to do?
Me: Normal?
Her: When the year’s coming to an end, everyone talks nothing but about new year and new year resolutions. Making your own is like a custom, you know.
Me: Customary, huh…

One of her resolutions, if I remember correctly, was to buy Nintendo Wii (hahaha! I beat you to it, dearest~). It confused me greatly, though I was trying so hard not to burst out laughing. In my honest opinion, resolutions shouldn’t be taken as ‘what I want in [insert year here]’, but they should be viewed as ‘what I must do/achieve in [insert year here]’. My friend can sock my face all she wants, but my opinion stands.

If I do, perhaps, have a resolution for 2009, it would be this:

I promise myself I’d make 2009 better than 2008.

There, simple and very general so it wouldn’t hurt me too badly when things don’t go my way.

And so this entry marks Caramel Toffee’s journey into yet another year of honest, somewhat sarcastic/humourous and hopefully witty collection of journal entries.

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  1. farah says:

    hehe. i agree. ppl always mistaken new year resolution for the things they want to buy or something. lol

    btw happy new year to u~~~

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