So, you watched the ball drop in Times Square on Wednesday night to ring in the New Year and 2014 is gone — forever. Now we’re on day two of 2015 and so far, so good, right? Of course last year was a fabulous one — we’d only have to take a look at your New Year’s Eve Facebook post to confirm that — but there are undoubtedly things that could have gone better. Now we have a new year, and of course a great opportunity to remedy all that is in our power to fix this time around. Yup — it’s that time of the year for some New Year’s resolutions.
Across the ‘pond’, New Year’s is a very similar affair to what it is in the States. Just as crowds of people gather in New York City waiting for the stroke of midnight, Madrid’s Puerta del Sol is filled to the brim as everyone — grapes in hand, of course — anxiously awaits the twelve campanadas. No different from America, everyone’s mind is recalling everything that happened over the last 365 days and making plans on how to improve things. But in what ways do Spaniards plan to make the New Year better than the last? What are their typical New Year’s resolutions?
Getting in Shape
What’s probably the most common resolution both in the US and Spain? Undoubtedly, what people plan on doing the most during the New Year is getting in shape. This particular New Year’s resolution is most likely shared by a large portion of the population, and manifests itself in the form of diets and exercise routines that in most cases last a month or two at best. Whether this is you or not, if you are thinking of signing up for the gym, there are most certainly discounts available taking into account the time of year it is. And if it’s inexpensive, you just may not feel bad about it when you stop going!
Dropping Bad Habits
Another classic New Year’s resolution is that of cutting out bad habits — vices, in particular. Although it’s somewhat less common than a few years ago, there are still a fair amount of people in Spain that smoke. With rising cigarette costs and smoking having been banned for years now in public places, more and more people are stubbing out their last cigarette on New Year’s Eve. In addition to smoking, it’s not uncommon for people to want to take it easier on the alcohol — especially after holidays. Coffee and caffeinated drinks are also a regular item to be cut back on or eliminated from our diet completely due to resolutions. No longer drinking Coca-cola is undoubtedly an American thing, but there may just be some folks around that decide it’s time to take it easy. At the end of the day, we all have bad habits and have something that we would be better off not doing.
Academic and Professional Goals
Though not exactly resolutions, many people set some type of academic and/or professional goals for the New Year. Whether it’s finding a (better) job, studying a language, getting a driver’s license — almost everyone has something that they would like to accomplish during the year to come. This type of resolution is perhaps even the best, as the focus is not on not doing something, but rather on the positive.
Happy New Year!
As we all know, unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions are something we rarelymanage to carry out for any length of time — a fact of life which is truly universal. Although the gym might be busy for the next month, it will inevitably return back to its normal state after a few months. The same will happen with most things — whether in Spain, in America, or wherever we may be. That aside, however, let’s hope that 2015 be a ‘prosperous’ year, as the Spanish say. Happy New Year!!