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New Year Resolutions & Change: Make Your 2017 Happy!

The year is almost done. We are ready to enter a fresh new year called 2017 with new aspirations, hopes, anticipations, fear, enthusiasm and worries. Calendars hanging on the walls will change; some new décor will come; maybe some set ups and look & feel will also change. You might move table in your study room to that side and push your bookshelf to the left. You may have your computer installed on a totally new and different position in the bedroom so that you can follow up with the new year resolution. In short, many new things will happen before the clock ticks 12:00 AM in the night… Happy New Year! Phone calls for almost an hour (longer if you are in some kind of one-on-one relationship(s)). There is one question that any of us, seldom, care to face – what was I in the beginning of the year that is going to end & what would I be today as it’s ending? “Change” is a very notorious word. I will do a little analysis of this word today, as the year is ready to lose the last tooth, it’d be interesting.

‘You have changed a lot! I don’t wanna continue with you.’

And a relationship, rather long – almost 8 months, ends with this sentence. So, most of us don’t want to change or at least, don’t pretend that we have changed. We want to remain the same we were 4 years ago. Nevertheless, is it possible? On one hand, we are ready to change almost everything around us as soon as possible for the new year is coming and on the other, we are willing to remain the same – unchanged and untouched, like some of the claiming versions of Windows which are found on torrents. The question is – should we not change? Shouldn’t we change ourselves according to the time at hand? Can one live normal if the society around is changing with a rapid pace? Imagine our elders who don’t know what WhatsApp is and when someone says ‘please do a whatsapp when you reach home’.

New year resolutions are a fashion today and we make in plenty! ‘I will top in the examination this year’ Pappu made this resolution at the beginning of the year 2016 and he is still the 19th from the bottom. Resolution made; resolution posted on Facebook; resolution shared with girlfriend on WhatsApp and our Pappu did not bother to change himself to make that resolution feasible. Result we all know! So, is there an internal change required as well along with the external changes that we want to see?

You must remember what was said by Gandhi ji. ‘Be the change you want to see.’ And this motto has the power to lead a person to the desired success. Wanting to become the topper of the batch can only translate into reality via the path of hard work and accented labour. The new year resolutions are the same. Just by posting a banner with all your wishes won’t make things happen for you. You need to work hard for each one of the wishes that you might have. Internal change is the key to the changes you want to see outside – being successful, being stronger, being truthful, being honest, being loyal, being lovable, and so on…

To cut short and conclude, progressive change is always welcome. You must give yourself openly to accept the changes which are for wellbeing. However, ethics must not change; the rules of fair play must not change; your attitude towards life must not change; your sincerity must not change.

Many resolutions you may already have made for the coming year. To add merely one of my suggestions, I would say something that you must do the coming year. Mark the January 1 in your table calendar. When 2017 ends, just flip the pages and come back to the said date. Sit down; relax and introspect. How much you have changed for good? Best of luck and a very happy new year!

Alok Mishra

First and foremost a poet, Alok Mishra is an author next. Apart from these credentials, he is founder & Editor-in-Chief of Ashvamegh, an international literary magazine and also the founder of BookBoys PR, a company which helps writers brand themselves and promote their books. On this blog, Alok mostly writes about literary topics which are helpful for literature students and their teachers. He also shares his poems; personal thoughts and book reviews.

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