Should we all have new year resolutions?

Growing up, My mum used to force everyone in the house to make resolutions every first of January and it used to be so weird but it was never skipped. It didn’t take me long to realize it doesn’t work for me. for some reason I find it weird that I have to wait for a particular date to begin something new, Why can’t I just start now? why does it have to be a new year? And because I am someone who beats up myself a lot when things don’t necessarily work out, I just knew such kind of traditions weren’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me discouraging people, It is me saying it doesn’t work for everyone.

Research shows that less than 10 percent of people who set New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them. And more than 50 percent of people who make resolutions can’t even remember what those promises were when asked later in the year. Apparently, what happens in January stays in January; it rarely makes it to June.

The pressure I feel with resolution can’t be expressed, the anxiety is real plus the fact that everyday is a new page of my life, things happen that I can’t even explain and after all that happened in 2017, I want nothing other than Allah taking the wheel, Nothing new today but there might be tomorrow, who knows?


All that I am trying to say is: If resolutions have always worked for you, don’t stop but If it doesn’t, don’t kill yourself, We are all different, find what works for you and do you.

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Barakah is that amazing sister next door striving to please Allah by being of service to the world in the best ways possible, she is a book lover and a Tea Addict.

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