Out with the old, in with the new, isn’t that what they say?
A new year and a new start – so what are your resolutions? Do you even make any? And if you do, do you stick to them?
We all start with good intentions, exercise more, lose weight, eat more healthily, save money, take a more active approach to health, take an holiday overseas, learn a new skill or hobby, spend more time on personal well-being, but how many of us actually make it through to the end of January before it’s all gone out the window?
New Year resolutions actually have Religious origins. Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
And what about New Year traditions? Did you sing Auld Lang Syne, kiss a loved one as the clock struck midnight, eat 12 grapes to bring 12 months of good luck, or set off fireworks? Or do you prefer a quiet night in and let the world carry on around you?
No matter what the New Year means to you, it’s a great opportunity to take stock of things, have a rethink and ask yourself what do you want from the year ahead?
However you celebrate, and whatever you want for 2019, I wish you a very happy and successful New Year – M H Lord.