A new year. A new set of resolutions. As every year rolls on to another, every individual makes a promise to bring in a change in his/her life. Resolutions have long been an exciting part of New Year’s. While some make a loud one declaring it out to their friends over social media, some choose to silently pursue a new way of living.
Blast from the past, history has its own set of revelations for the New Year resolutions. The whole saga started with the ancient Babylonians who swore to return borrowed objects like farm equipments and pay their debts at the start of the year. However the Babylonians had kept March 23rd with the onset of spring as the New Year. The Romans took it forward by making promises to Janus, the god on whom January is named, and with Julius Caesar establishing what is called the Julian Calendar with 445 days a year. Knights in the medieval era confirmed their commitment to chivalry with the “peacock vow”.
Ancient Greece started the trend of signifying new years with babies. They celebrated the rebirth of Dionysus, the god of wine by keeping a baby in a basket.
Cut to the present, resolutions are still prevalent all over. Promises are made, broken and then re-taken. Resolutions vary from the simplest like promising to lose a little flab from the stomach to the gravest like taking a step for change for humanity. The success rate maybe low, yet the resolution-taking period tends to be a great sense of excitement and inspiration for all.
It does not cater to a target audience but has people from all age groups promising for a better side of them. But then more than often, resolutions are perfect examples of promises meant to be broken.
While resolutions are a hot topic in the first week of the year, trending in twitter, being a subject of everyone’s status on facebook, the mania soon dies out with only a few able to keep up with what they promised. Well here’s just a few of the craziest, the sanest and the modest of the lot.
“I’m going to plant 21 trees this year because I turn 21 this year! This way I’ll contribute to green India “says Aishwarya K.
“I’ll put a stop to nail biting, will try different brands of alcohol and will learn at least two foreign languages” says Ankita M.
“I’m going to be a little more matured about the decisions I take and stop being the spendthrift that I am” says Akankhya D.
So what’s your resolution going to be?
Well for me, I’m just going to write more.
Sanchita is an interim staff writer at the Broken Scooter. She plans to write more this year and wishes you people a very happy and prosperous 2013 on behalf of the rest of team. Stay Happy! 🙂