It’s that time of year where everyone tells themselves they are going to be a better person, get fitter, eat better, drink less… become a vegan! At least just for the month of January.
We should all accept it’s a load of bollocks by now.
I have nothing wrong with people wanting to live their lives in a better way, being healthy should be encouraged. Things, like getting out of debt and managing your mental health, are incredibly important. I’m also an animal lover and wish I could be a vegan, but I’m afraid the importance of meat and cheese to my diet is just too great.
Which brings me on to my New Year’s resolutions. Fuck ‘em – just do more of the stuff that makes you happy.
Now if that happens to be shit loads of heroin and a couple of prostitutes, I’d caveat it with the old adage of “everything in moderation.”
We can be too hard on ourselves as is it and everyone in society is under a lot of pressure these days. Pressure to drink less, eat well, be fit, look a certain way, ignore absolute morons on Twitter.
I don’t believe in putting yourself under even more pressure at what can be one of the most depressing months of the year.
It’s scientifically proven that detox doesn’t work. So don’t bother. Have a drink. But if you feel you drink too much, have a couple more days off in the week during the year. If you aren’t going to be a vegan long term, why do it for a fucking month? Maybe just eat less meat across the year. Commit to one or two meat free dishes a week.
And I know money is tight at this time of year, but that shouldn’t stop planning stuff with the people that are closest to you.
Which is why I have recently booked a weekend in Dublin with the lads, my annual trip to St. Pauli in Hamburg with that crew, a week in Cornwall, a return to Ibiza, two trips to Cheltenham races, some raving in Bristol and Berlin and plenty of trips to see the mighty Liverpool.
I’m not one for inspirational bullshit but if I was to recommend any resolutions to make this year they would be:
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
BE KIND. To everyone.
Do the things that make you happy, with the people that make you happy.
Don’t spend too much time on Twitter or in the comments on Facebook.
Listen. Don’t talk about yourself too much. It’s boring.
Fight prejudice and racism.
Be patient with the old. Even if they did vote for Brexit.
Be curious. Question things. Not in a “the twin towers was faked” mental way but in a Private Eye way.
Be politically open-minded. If you are left wing, read The Telegraph every now and again to remind yourself why you are. If you are right wing, read The Guardian every now and again to remind yourself that maybe sometimes we have a point.
Don’t shop at Sports Direct.
Have a good year everyone!
In the words of a good friend of mine. PEACE. x