With each new calendar year comes the desire to start fresh. Did you know that our now secular tradition of making New Year’s resolutions started more than 4,ooo years ago with the ancient Mesopotamians? They celebrated Akitu, “the festival of the sowing of barley,” for 12 days in honor of their Gods and a new year (which was then in March). They would make promises to their Gods and would be rewarded, they thought, with plentiful crops if they stuck to their words.
According to statisticbrain.com, the top 10 resolutions people made in 2015 were to “lose weight, get organized, spend less/save more, enjoy life to the fullest, stay fit and healthy, learn something exciting, quit smoking, help others [achieve] their dreams, fall in love, and spend more time with family.” I know a few of mine are on that list.
What is/are your resolution(s) this year? Or perhaps, like Calvin and 68% of Americans polled by CBS in 2013, you do not plan to make any resolutions this year and stay perfect the way you are? Either way, take a picture and post it on FB or IG with hashtag #2017photochallenge. Don’t you worry, though, January 17 is the official Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day.