New Year’s Resolutions

Well, it is that time of year again. It is the holiday season. With all that shopping and decorating, and the family and friend bonding time, we are all busy yet very excited. But, a sometimes-dreaded aspect of the season also comes into view, New Year’s resolutions.

Many people make resolutions for the New Year, which includes our classmates and faculty.

Bianca Bisso, a sophomore, says that her resolution for the New Year is to be nicer to her nephew.

Ms. Moore, the afternoon and evening librarian, says that her resolution is to budget time and to spend more time with her kids.

In the case of these two people, and in a good portion of the people I interviewed, the resolutions that they had given me were new for this year.

When I asked of past resolutions and their outcomes, they were not as positive about them.

“I did eat healthy for a whole year and I have to admit I didn’t really become so responsible but just a little bit,” said Bianca Bisso.

“I get my New Year’s resolution and then I forget about it a month later,” said Ms. Moore.

When I asked people on how they would keep their resolutions, I received the following tips.

1. Write it down in order to remember it.

2. Just try to keep it in mind.

However, there are more tips that can help you do a better job on your resolutions.

1.  Structure your goals: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Things take time, so do your goals. Start small then work up to what your capable of doing.

2. Be open about it: Tell friends, family; anyone who you think can help you in your goals.

3. Have perseverance: Things take time. If you can’t lose ten pounds by February, it doesn’t mean that you won’t ever.

4. Reward yourself: Give yourself occasional rewards for achieving goals. However, they shouldn’t be contrary to your big objective. (e.g. playing video games for a day when you are kicking a video game habit).

Although most of our classmates and faculty usually have New Year’s resolutions, some have brushed of the idea of having them at all.

“I haven’t kept resolutions since I was younger because I always found that I was always breaking them.” said Ms. Fernandez, the morning librarian.

“I made some New Year’s resolutions, well, I only tried to do some of them but I ended up breaking them, kind of like everyone else.” said Ralph Victoria, freshman.

“I just don’t believe in them. I don’t keep my New Year’s resolutions. It’s too difficult.” said Marco Roman, senior.

This brings up the question, “Why do we have New Year’s resolutions?”

“I think people have New Year’s resolutions because they want to do better for themselves, they want to achieve their goals and follow their dreams.” said Bryan Mineo, freshman.“Well, I think in the New Year everyone wants a fresh start.” said Ms. Moore.                                                                                                                                        

The roots of New Year’s resolutions are not very clear, however they relate closely to the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah being Judaism’s New Year, followed by the High Holy Days (a period of self reflection), and concluded with Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement, a day focused on asking for forgiveness and focusing on things to change for the rest of the year.

New Year’s resolutions are a simplified version of these without the religious aspect, so they apply to everyone.

In fact, New Year’s resolutions are just regular resoultions that begin on New Year’s Day.

Here is some input from a faculty member:

“I stop making resolutions and I ended up making my life simple as I can. Everybody’s always doing the ‘ooh I’m not going to eat this’ or the ‘I am not going to act in this certain matter’ so the reason why I don’t have mine is really the simplicity of my life and I keep it that way and I keep that as opposed to a resolution so it’s all the time not just when New Year’s starts.” That was a quote from Mrs. Fernandez.

This is good sentiment to echo upon in this New Year. We make these changes to our lives for the better. In her case she does what she does to keep her life simple.

Everyone one has their motives for change but we don’t have to wait for the New Year to become different people.

We have the free will to change the people we are for the good of others and ourselves.

This is good reason for people who don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Instead they change and reinvent themselves at different points of a year depending on how they believe they are.

But the feeling of starting anew is something that none of us can shake off.

If we won’t change for the New Year, other people will and it can give people a feeling of excitement, wondering how their friends or family changed.

Every New Year brings new opportunities to do different things. These new opportunities are what chisel us in becoming the people that we want to be.

So even though we may not have New Year’s resolutions, we will still become different people in various ways.

Change can be slow and patient, however it’s also very “moody,” becoming instantaneous and surprising.

It is up to us to prepare for these changes and to react accordingly.

Happy Holidays and have a very happy New Year.

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