Are you ready for them? Because they’re coming like a freight train from hell… and since it is New Year’s Eve they’re coming faster than the Enterprise at Warp 10, they could seriously do the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs… and they are coming whether you are ready or not. Disclaimer: This post seems funny… right now. But here’s your official spoiler alert… this isn’t a fun post, it’s real talk. Here we go…
My social networks are littered with “New Year’s Resolutions”, and I’m glad ya’ll want to better yourselves; but how many of you actually plan to stick with the resolutions you’ve publicly posted? Like, in 6 months? 4 months? 2 weeks, even? Perhaps that’s the problem with people today; no offense, but people are becoming, for lack of a better word… fake. With all due respect, of course.
Kids retweet anti-bullying videos, then go to school the next day and bully someone. Adults post Facebook statuses about happy marriages, but aren’t actually cordial to their spouses. People rant online about celebrities “saying hateful things”, while the people doing the posting are sometimes guilty of saying much worse things themselves. Individuals complain about their “failed weight loss attempts” on Facebook, while they sit on the couch with a candy bar in one hand, a Coca-Cola in the other, and a computer in their lap. Also, in the wake of tragedy people post things like “Pray for Orlando”, but then they, themselves, don’t actually Pray for Orlando.
For example, if you bully someone, make fun of someone, start rumors about someone, etc… but then you go home and post “Be Kind to One Another” on Facebook it, contrary to popular belief, DOES NOT void out all the horrible shit you have done in your real life… because, believe me, the person you bullied is home crying, and they don’t care that you posted a bullshit inspirational tweet about kindness.
NEWS FLASH: Pretending you are a good/happy/religious/respectful person on Facebook doesn’t mean you are actually a good/happy/religious/respectful person in this thing called REAL LIFE… and I’ll admit it myself, in the past I’ve had some horrible days where I’ve been pretty darn miserable… but I turned to Facebook and posted a cute picture of my dog, or some food, so the general public would think I was happy that day… but it was fake happy. I feel that we’ve all done this, at times, maybe in different ways.
Okay, back to the point of Resolutions… We hold ourselves accountable to social networks (“as long as Facebook thinks my life is great, then it must be great, right?”), but we don’t follow up on the behavior we post. So, let’s quit being hypocrites, and start holding ourselves accountable to the most important source we have… Ourselves. Let’s quit being cool people online and shitty people in real life.
So, I’m not telling you my Resolution… and if I’m still faithful to my secret New Year’s Resolution in 11 months, then I’ll let you know what it is/was. But for now, I’m going to hold myself accountable.
This photo of my dog has no particular or logical relevance to this post, I just like it. So there.
I wish you all the best of luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor. Love, The Uncustomary Housewife.
*I did this, once before, back in 2013, I wrote; Why I’m Not Telling You My New Year’s Resolution (2013). Then, 11 months later I kept my promise and posted a follow-up; I’ve Waited 11 Months to Reveal This (2014). Let’s see if I can do the same this year.