New Year’s Resolutions are made up!

Yes! Every single bit of the concept of them is fiction.

It all started about 4000 years ago with the Babylonians, who reportedly made promises to the gods (also made up) in hopes they’d earn good favour in the coming year (not the same year as we have now by the way).

January 1st was made up (by a Pope in the 1500s apparently).

The idea that January 1st as the start of the year is made up (probably by the same Pope).

The idea that this is the best time of year to make a change is made up.

It’s believed to be in the 1600s when the first person wrote about New Year’s Resolutions.

Before that who knows what went on.


I feel a sense of relief when I think about this.

Because I don’t feel like it!

I actually don’t want to make great big changes in my life right now.

It’s dark and cold.

I want to sleep a bit more and take it easy (which is what our ancient ancestors would have done I suspect – sort of semi-hibernated).

If you live in the Northern hemisphere look at what nature is doing.

It’s sleeping!
It’s resting!
It’s in the fertile void!

In spring it will come to life again.

Not now in the winter.

Right now I feel drawn to nature (not some 16th Century Pope or the Babylonians).

This is not me saying don’t make New Year’s Resolutions.

Knock yourself out if you are inspired to do so.

This is me saying you don’t have to.

I am saying don’t beat yourself if you don’t make any.

You are not letting yourself down.

I am saying that if you make some and don’t stick to them, that’s okay too.

Don’t worry about it.

When the inspired moment comes for you to make a change, you will know it.

Shall I tell you how?

It will come with a good feeling.

It won’t feel forced or hard or pushy.

It will come with ease and inspiration.

So my Happy New Year message for 2023 is YOU DO YOU!!

Ignore the made up concept of New Year’s Resolutions and trust your gut when is right for you to make a change.

(oh and don’t live your life by someone else’s made up rules)

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New Year's Resolutions are Made Up!

by Clare Downham - Queen of Calm | The Calmcast