This year, I resolve . . . ah, maybe next year
This past weekend was the unofficial but statistically founded point when most people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions. It seems that it is human nature to make the decision to change some, often major aspects of your life and then give it about 17 or 18 days before deciding to try again next year. Now I’m not a maker of resolutions, but this idea of getting only this far into the year before starting to plan for 2015 has me a bit perplexed.
Don’t get me wrong; I understand that the very nature of resolutions depend on a clean slate so when we falter, it seems more in keeping with the tradition to give up and start again next year. Add onto that the fact that we tend to shoot for the moon, to try and fundamentally change habits that are deeply engrained in our lives and it makes sense that they do not pan out. In all of the considering, I have made the resolution to continue to not be a maker of resolutions but I have also decided to start a movement to change from starting them on New Year’s to starting them at camp.
Now, there are some obvious flaws in my plan, mostly that you would have to be a camp person for this to work. Then again, I see nothing wrong with giving people more motivation to become camp people. My logic is that New Year’s can be a hectic time- the holidays are wrapping up, there are 40+ Bowl games to watch, and generally people are busy either recovering from the season or getting their own resolutions up and running. It’s hard to find support, which studies show goes a long way to helping people stick to their decisions to change.
Now camp, though also very hectic, is nothing if not a supportive community. If you tell your camp friends that you want to go running everyday or swim the Triangle, they will make sure that you do it; more often than not, they will do it with you. There is always someone to keep you motivated, to make the change with you, and to, despite your protests to the contrary at times, make sure you carry through with it. Making resolutions are camp also brings in new options. Sure, you can focus on exercise or eating healthy or quitting smoking, which is somewhat easy at camp since it’s not allowed on the grounds, but why not resolve to spend time everyday out at the Point or floating around Laurel Lake? Why not resolve to stay up way too late laughing with friends under far too many stars or conquer your fear/dislike of tubing?
Okay that last one might actually be something I need to do . . . but you get my point. So as this unofficial end of resolutions passes, why not make the decision to start again at FDL this summer?