Spring. A time when Nature throws back her cold, freezing blanket of frost, ice and snow. A time when new life springs forth. The dreary grey of winter replaced by the warmth of colour. When the days grow long and warm and the nights feel more welcome.
Spring. A time of rejuvenation and revival, of new beginnings. A time to cast off the old and weary. A time to change. When everything around is proclaiming a new dawn, a new awakening.
Spring. There can be no better time to make new resolutions. Ones that are for keeps. The ones that promise to change your life for better, forever.
I made a bunch of these when I stepped out in 2014. But as in years gone by, most have been broken already not three months into the New Year. Most all bar a couple perhaps.
Why Resolutions Made on 1st January are Doomed for Failure (or why March should be the New January)
So why is it that resolutions made in January never seem to stick? I can think of a few good reasons why they are doomed for failure from the very outset:
Cue March and the official start to Spring. When everything turns bright, chirpy, cheerful and colourful. Little wonder then that you are more likely to persevere with any lifestyle changes you decide to make now. Spring is, after all, the time for projects and plans.
- Going cold turkey never seems to help. A month of excesses in the lead up to Christmas and New Year. Come the 1st, the resolutions kick in. So you give up everything that you were over-indulging in these last few weeks and expect a miracle.
- A month of festivities, bright lights, presents followed by complete and utter withdrawal of all things fun. For one, there is no money left for any more fun. Secondly, the dratted resolutions have kicked in.
- Lack of a bank balance is not the most optimistic start to any new project. Just compounds the problem multifold.
- The cold weather does nothing to brighten the mood.
- Nights that start at 4pm are not great either.
- It becomes very difficult to keep up spirits when everything around is dull, grey and cold. Especially when trying to overturn decades of lifestyle abuse.
- Giving up things you have loved for most of your life is never easy. More so when you are frozen to your bones, trying to scrape ice off your windscreen.
New Year in Spring
There are a good few cultures around the globe that celebrate New Year in the spring. Most tend to coincide with the spring equinox. Makes good sense in my book, really. The growing warmth of the sun, longer and brighter days, a riot of colour all around. The perfect setting to host a New Year's party. And to make some good resolutions that stick.