The road to good intentions…

Jan 3, 2013 | Musings

So, have you made a New Year resolution for 2013? If you have it was probably to a) lose weight/do more exercise/drink less alcohol/give up smoking; b) get a new job/partner/house/boat/dog or even perhaps c) be more spiritual. Or maybe your resolution is business-based – work more/harder/smarter/less…?

Way back in the mists of time, the ancient Babylonians promised the gods they would return borrowed items and repay debts at the beginning of the new year. The Romans pledged their promises to Janus, for whom the month January is named. The “peacock vow” was, apparently, taken by medieval knights at the end of the Christmas season to reconfirm their chivalrous commitments. And there are religious parallels across the faiths, with Judaism, for example, reflecting on the wrongs of the past year. The Catholic period of Lent is also partly responsible for the resolution making of today.

So, is it worth it? Is your New Year resolution just another empty promise or, this year, is it a chance to change your life? Well, that, of course, is up to you. But if you want some company on your journey, check out this interactive map (from who else but Google) of resolutions around the world. It’s fascinating stuff. Someone in Florida, for example, wants to grow a moustache. Whilst someone else, who appears to be in Yemen but writing in Polish (but then again, geography was never my strong subject…) has vowed Będę się uśmiechać – I’m going to smile. Or what about the person in (I think!) Colorado who just wants to do more epic things! Why not add your own (there is a serious lack of British entries – just saying) or maybe just take some inspiration.

What are your New Year resolutions?