Resolution | Monday Mental Health Memo

Pressure has become a commodity of modern life. In some ways it has become the commodity of our present existence; so it’s no wonder that we as a species (because let’s be real, we’re the only ones that do it) feel it is necessary – nay, vital – that we eliminate our every fault overnight, and start the year anew as a fresh new person…

Unfortunately, in reality, this is a very rare occurrence. Despite our best efforts, the vast majority of us wake up January 1st without having changed a chunk.

And yet, we continue this pressure cycle, year after year; we force it on our children and we find new ways to compete with the ever growing, invisible competition. Isn’t it time we gave ourselves a break?

This yearly ritual of practicing ‘New Years Resolutions’ is beyond far-fetched. For the most part, it solely serves the absurd notion, that one can simply change oneself in line with calendar events – which in itself is just another product of capitalism – but, it does serve it’s purpose in some regards.

Many people find it useful to cap off a year of self-loathing with a long list of potential accomplishments. It helps us to look forward, to a time when things perhaps might not be so dark. It does also (occasionally) help a few already remarkable people achieve remarkable milestone; of course this is all great – so what’s the problem?

Well what we need to remember, as homo-sapiens, is that the idea of time is relatively new in terms of history (yes I see the irony in that statement) – even newer than us as a species of course, as it is a product of our own invention and discovery. We try so hard to make sense of everything, and keeping time and keeping track seem to correlate, sure.

It’s just that we’re not “meant” to be keeping time. We are not “meant” to track our life’s accomplishments by the changing of the seasons, or the throwing out of old calendars.

We should just do; just be.

It is much kinder on our mental health, and therefore the self and all others around us, to not time ourselves so rigidly. To change when change befalls us. Perhaps we might, in time, learn to keep time a little better, when we can learn to change in our own time.

Happy New Year!

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