New Year’s Resolutions

SONGSOPTOK: New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. A large percentage of people all over the world are thinking about making new resolutions. Why do you think people make resolutions on New Year’s Day specifically?

VERA: I think that it helps to understand what we wish for ourselves. They are a way to fix our personal discontent. And it’s also a way of deleting mistakes of the previous year.

SONGSOPTOK:  Available evidence shows that the origin of making new resolutions on New Year was started long time back in Babylon – the Babylonians made promises to their Gods. So did the Romans. In today’s society, resolutions are mostly promises we make to ourselves. How do you explain this shift in paradigm?

VERA: I think that this shift in paradigm apparently can be explained by the fact that for a modern man’s mind Gods became less important than his own will to win.

SONGSOPTOK:  In your opinion, is this custom religious or social? In the country or the society you live in, is 1st January considered to be the beginning of the New Year? If not, on which day does the New Year start? What are the specific customs, if any, associated with your New Year?

VERA: I think that in a modern society this is more a social custom than anything else. And yes, in Russia 1st January is considered to be the beginning of the New Year. And the main tradition and belief is that you are going to spent the entire year the same way you are celebrating it. That’s why it’s very important for people to celebrate it with a party at their houses surrounded by their whole family.

SONGSOPTOK:  Do you believe in New Year’s Resolutions? Do you systematically make resolutions every year? Are you going to do the same this year? Why?

VERA: No, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions and I don’t make any. Because I think that if you really want to change something in your life there is no point in waiting for a certain date to do it.

SONGSOPTOK:  What, in your experience, are the types of New Year’s resolutions do people make? What are yours?

VERA: As for resolutions of people mostly they want to make themselves and their lives better – to lose weight, to find a new job, to quit an addiction, to learn new things etc. As for me – I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions.

SONGSOPTOK:  In case you are a believer in these resolutions, can you share your experience with us? Were you able to fulfill your resolutions? How did it make you feel?

VERA: No, I am not a believer in these resolutions.

SONGSOPTOK:  Research shows only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. What, according to you, are the reasons behind this low rate of success? What could be the likely causes in your case?

VERA:I I think that people break their New Year’s resolutions because their goals are often too complicated. People just need to set simpler goals. I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions.

SONGSOPTOK:  In case you were able to stick to one or more New Year’s resolutions, can you share with us how you managed to do this? In the opposite case, why do you think you were not able to attain your objectives? What, in your opinion, are some of the better ways to make resolutions stick?

VERA: I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions. But the best way to make any resolution stick is to share it with friends. To be more realistic in setting new goals. And to develop the self-discipline.

SONGSOPTOK:  Do you believe in the feel good factor associated with making New Year Resolutions? Do you personally feel pious come New Year’s Eve because of the resolutions you made? Do you declare them publicly? If yes, then how did your family and friends react to your resolutions?

VERA: I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions and I don’t feel pious because of any other resolutions that I make.

SONGSOPTOK:  There are market segments that capitalize on New Year’s resolutions, such as health clubs. Do you feel they have equal responsibilities in helping the pledgers to fulfill their resolutions?

VERA: I think that people that make New Year’s resolutions and go to health clubs are old enough to stand by their resolutions.

VERA DROZDOVA:  She is a Russian poet currently living in Moscow. She has been writing poems since 8 years old. She has some works published in magazines, newspapers. Some song lyrics are released on CDs. She also released one book of poetry as an independent author. She has won some poetry contests. She likes  to collect and to read poetry books and to meet new people.

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Aparajita Sen



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