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Social Norms and New Year’s ‘Revolutions’

Since we are still in January and not enough has been said about resolutions here at BlueSky, I would like to bring this topic up, but perhaps with fewer platitudes this time.

 

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In my experience, New Year’s Resolutions are heavily exploited by vendors and not so much by people. There is always a gym that tries to sell you a membership because it’s that time of the year. And there is always some sort of diet you should follow to lower your cholesterol which the radio stations advertise every half an hour. On one hand, corporations decide what we should aspire to in the next year. On the other hand, most people have no idea of what they want, which frustrates me even more than having someone tell you what you want. Eight out of nine people I hear talking about New Year’s Resolutions say things like: ‘’I would like to exercise more, eat  better, be healthier’’…

 

Do we plan our week in advance on a Monday morning? I do. So then, why can we not plan our year in advance too? People are under the false impression that unless they have world changing resolutions, they cannot have any at all, or not talk about them. And people who ask other people about resolutions expect grandiose responses. None of us is really expected to start a revolution. Why can’t we just aim to learn a few new things in the year to come? Strive to be kinder (As one of our colleagues argues). Read a book, take a cooking class, fly somewhere…

 

I would like to think we all have plans and we dream big and keep an open mind but we choose not to talk about it, which I agree with. There should be some things we keep to ourselves. But we should all be careful not to fall into a comfortable spot – not at work and not in our private lives. Happy New Year to you all.

 

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