New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Really Work, But We Love Them Anyway
By: Sydney Ho
We’re a little than a month away from the end of 2017, which is so incredibly weird. Though I bet I say this every December, this year has really flown by. It seems to have passed in the blink of an eye, just like the years previous. Honestly, I don’t even remember the New Year’s Resolution I had made back in January. If I said I’d start working out and stop eating junk food, that definitely did not happen. But, going into 2018, do our initial goals of the year even matter?
Almost every year, I always tell myself that I’ll maintain my good grades, eat healthier, blah blah blah. Those resolutions, however, are basic and boring. You could probably find those on every New Year’s blog post on the Internet. Whenever I make specific goals, they never end up successful: promising to improve my piano skills, only to take up the ukulele later in the year, saying that I’d wear more colors and then buying bags upon bags of black, white, and gray t-shirts and sweaters. The list is practically endless; one trend that seems to appear, though, is the fact that interests change (at least with me anyway). If a star football player tells themselves that they are going to become the captain at the beginning of the year, only to suddenly find an enthralling passion for music, they’re technically “breaking” their New Year’s Resolution. And what’s the fun in that?
Of course, this does work for some people. Fitness and health gurus probably have no problem adhering to their health-related goals, just like avid readers surely find no issue with reading a certain amount of books within the year. I’m sure it’s quite satisfying to flip that final page or do that final push-up of the year. I’m just too easily distracted! To me, there’s no point in restricting yourself to a certain goal when you’re a human with ever-changing curiosities and interests. I can’t really write a poem every day of 2018 if my interest in poetry suddenly dies during summer break; by then, it’s a chore, not a goal. Goals should be made for something you know you WANT to achieve, not something you SHOULD achieve. All of your actions are controlled by you, and you don’t need your goals hanging over you and bossing you around. So, I guess there’s only one New Year’s Resolution that people like me can make: try new things!
Have a fun Winter Break and enjoy your New Years!