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Nadworny: Why January?

01/18/12 7:55AM By Rich Nadworny
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(Host) Commentator Rich Nadworny has been thinking about his New Years resolutions - but he's wondering if it's such a good idea to make them in January.

(Nadworny) I've always felt that January 1st was a random time to start something new, let alone resolve a year's worth of decisions. The beginning of January doesn't really feel like the start of anything, if you ask me. It feels more like the middle of something. And maybe that's exactly why so many people have trouble keeping their New Years' resolutions.

Now don't get me wrong; I think resolutions are great. It's just the timing I have trouble with.

Take, for example, my persistent New Year's resolutions of learning to play the piano or learning to speak Italian. Every year, one of them makes it onto my list of resolutions. I've always wanted to do both, although I'm not sure why I want to learn how to speak Italian except that it seems incredibly fun to actually speak it. Maybe I just like to talk with my hands.

And yet, by the time the end of February rolls around, it's clear I'm not going to tickle the ivories or parla italiano this year either. And now I'm stuck with these failures for another 10 months. They hang like guilty swords of Damocles over my conscience.

I still want to make resolutions, but I think we need more opportunities to adjust them - actually more New Year's celebrations. For example, in India and south East Asia, most religions and countries observe the new year in mid April. That would be a perfect time to revisit those January resolutions, get rid of all the ones we're failing at and make new ones.

Take working out, gardening and travel resolutions. I think they'd be much easier to accomplish in the spring and summer then during the winter. I'd save those for April's New Year.

Another perfect time for new New Years resolutions would be in September for the Jewish New Year. September always feels like the start of the year for most of us, anyway, as summer vacation ends and school begins.

And let's face it, we don't want those resolutions we made earlier in the year lingering through the autumn - practically guaranteeing disappointment. No, fall New Years resolutions would give us another chance for a do-over.

Personally, with Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement only 8 days into that new year, I always end up resolving to be nicer, more patient, and more accepting of others.

But after 3-4 months of that I'm always forced to admit failure once more. And that would bring us right back to our old New Years celebration of January 1st again.

I love New Years resolutions. I just need more new years to make them work. In the mean time, I have to go find a piano teacher.

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