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Why Lankans don’t stick to their New Year’s Resolutions

2019 Jan 9

‘New year, new me, and my sparkly new gym membership.’

Sounds simple enough, right? Yet, you and I both know that it’s just the annual slogan for the beginning of the year which then quite conveniently turns into the ever so infamous ‘Next year, I promise.’

The concept of New Year’s resolutions is predominantly westernized to begin with, which means some of us locals don’t exactly relate to it. Nevertheless, it’s always nice to have a landmark every 365 days for a brand – new start.

So, at the stroke of midnight on the 31st of December (every year), with fireworks in the background, most of us vow to ourselves to stay true to our New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, not all of us have the honour of bragging that we in fact did live up to our solemn resolution. After mingling with the crowd, here are the top 5 reasons as to why we think most of us Sri Lankans can’t stick to our New Year’s resolutions.

1. Procrastination
Finish assignments ON TIME. Meet all work DEADLINES. DO NOT make late submissions.

We all vehemently deny it at any point, but procrastination is the plague. Tomorrow, tomorrow is the self–consoling chant most of us resort to and it’s also the number 1 reason why we Sri Lankans can’t stick to our resolutions. Next thing we know, we’re typing extremely formal emails begging for deadline extensions from our lecturers and bosses.

As Lankans, let’s face it – procrastination is in our blood. If we really want to attempt to stick to our resolutions, we really need to stop lazing around in bed, glued to a TV, laptop, or phone, and be a bit more focused on deadlines.

2. Traffic and time management
What’s a truly Lankan trait, you may ask? Well, here it is:

Whenever we schedule a meeting with someone, we guiltlessly state the time at least half an hour before the time we actually intend to mean them – truly Lankan style.

Many Lankans really do have no sense of time and leave home the time they are literally supposed to be at the venue of meeting. Along with this is the undeniable traffic congestion we come across whenever we step onto the roads. Be it traffic lights where the red light has a counter of 100 seconds or even the deactivation of the said traffic lights (during rush hour) and setting up our dear old neighborhood police constable for the task, traffic congestion is indeed the reason we all get late in true Sri Lankan style.

3. Amma’s cooking
As much as ammi may tell you that you need to lose weight, she’s the same person stuffing you with fattening foods! After actually getting the motivation to hit the gym, you come home after a tiring workout and lo and behind, ammi is waiting with plates of the most unhealthy yet irresistible food. Food is indeed a Lankan’s true weakness.

4. Time and Money
When we asked the crowds why Sri Lankans can’t stick to their new year’s resolutions, a popular remark was MONEY. A healthy diet is what most of us aspire for. Unfortunately, whilst most of us don’t have the TIME to chop up some veggies and toss up a salad, most of us, especially students don’t exactly have that kind of dough. When we don’t have time, most often than not, we opt to eat out. Whilst fast food is the most convenient, most fast food outlets don’t offer a healthy salad. Even if we did opt to buy a healthy salad from an outlet that does offer salads, we probably won’t be able to afford it every day. Money alongside with time are two reasons that do our busy yet lazy derrieres no good.

5. F. R. I. E. N. D. S
When immersed in our very own social lives, it’s obvious that everyone else would not have the same goals and resolutions as you do. Most of us spend majority of our time with our various social groups and these groups as a whole indulge in various habits and activities that may not tally with our own resolutions. If you’re thinking of cutting down on smoking/ drinking or even fast food, it’s kind of difficult to do when your friends don’t share the same goal. Yes, peer pressure and herd mentality are one of the main reasons as to why we Sri Lankans, more often than not, can’t stick to our New Year’s resolutions.

6. YOLO (Kamak Naha)
New Year’s resolutions aren’t always about trying new things. It’s also about cutting down, restraining yourself and training yourself to be patient. Whilst its good to be open to new things and experiences with the ‘You Live Only Once’ mentality, YOLO is most often than not the excuse we use to console ourselves whenever we make an exception (which we often indulge in, mind you) from our resolutions. This is mortally dangerous for our resolutions as YOLO is the get out of jail free card for getting out of our obligation to ourselves. This kamak naha mentality is unique to us Sri Lankans as it only takes two simple words to justify our lack of patience and determination. Snap out of it, pull your socks up and kick YOLO out of the window, ASAP.


There you have it, the multiple reasons as to why many Lankans don’t stick to our New Year’s Resolutions. Cut it out – it’s not too late! Just make sure you don’t resort to our favourite catchphrase, ‘Next year, I promise.’


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