Each year, come January 1st and usually in the weeks leading up to it, the air is abuzz with people saying what New Year’s resolutions they’ve made and how they’re going to change their life for the better. Standard stuff. There also happens to be somewhat of a trope that those same people are going to quit those resolutions in T-30 days at the most. No one really succeeds in new year’s resolutions, or at least that’s the joke.
New Year’s resolutions can be tough to keep, and it’s because they’re often about making huge life changes. Lose weight, exercise more, study harder, learn French, play the bassoon, go learn karate. These things take time and effort, and most people are already filling their time and using their effort. Change takes evolution, and evolution takes time.
I don’t have a new year’s resolution this year, per say. My new me started back in November when I officially took over as Head Instructor for Athens Yoshukai Karate. I gained new duties and responsibilities, and am now having to dedicate more time and effort to something I was already dedicated to. This is not a complaint; far from it. But this new year does mean a new me simply by my new title. Hopefully, as things continue on, I’ll continue to evolve into my head instructor role.
A new year is an exciting time for many reasons, and I don’t want to take away from that by joking about new year’s resolutions and how often they can fail at the time. If you’ve made a resolution to come to more karate class, by Jove, do it! I’ll encourage you once you’re here. But you have to take the first step. And after the first, the second step. But it gets easier. And you get better. And, given enough time, you’ll find you’re a whole new you. With or without a new year.