On New Year's resolutions

Every New Year’s, some people starts to whine about how a new year is nothing more than another day. Your inclination to promise and commit to behavior for the coming twelve months are unnatural and unwarranted that’s their gospel.

They’re right in principle, but not in reality.

We’re all better off considering things – life, work, goals, whatever – and to take the time to actually do that; it needs to be in the books. Some of us schedule this, others tackle the big questions when they arise, or preferably just before that happens.

The turning of the year is a natural time to consider all things, much like a birthday. It’s a time when a lot of people are asking themselves questions, and thus others will want to bring you down. Everybody’s doing it, after all, so it must be wrong.

Fuck that.

Take some time to consider what you’re doing, what you want, and where you want to be. Make resolutions if you want to, but more importantly, decide what you want and where you’re going. Yes, you can do that whenever you want, in February or June or September or December – it matters little. But if the collective mind, the social push and pressure of the New Year helps you consider these things, then you shouldn’t give a fuck about what others think of it.

In the end, it’s you and your choices.

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Have you read Haunted Futures yet?

I’ve got a story in the science fiction/near future anthology Haunted Futures, together with the likes of Warren Ellis and Tricia Sullivan. Check it out!