Staff Pick

New Year resolutions…

Madison Rose: I do not believe in making a New Years resolutions, due to my own shortcomings in the past, and the recent news I wrote about how people don’t stay on top of their resolutions. While I was researching on this topic I found that only 8% of americans stick to their resolutions, and most felt more disappointed in themselves when they could not achieve their goal. The thought that a person can change overnight, or feels the need to make expectations for themselves, seems more like a let down in my opinion. It’s basically giving yourself false hope, and starting the year with distress, leading to failure rather than success. If there is a desire to improve something in your life, make the change because you want to, not because society says to annually.

Connor Wodehouse: I’m all for setting goals, but I’ve been a little behind on the times as of late. Christmas passed by in a blur along with New Years, so I wasn’t really able to get any resolutions down on paper. Maybe 2019 will be a year of my own, I could set my pace and switch it up however and whenever I’d like… Nah, all I want to accomplish for this year is continuing to be healthy, and to be able to look back this time next year and say ‘Huh, not bad for 2019.’ If I think of any more, I’ll definitely get back to you.

Olivia Kinunen: I don’t make New Year resolutions because most of the time they end up being pointless or I end up breaking them right away. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for setting goals for myself but I don’t think that the New Year is the best time to do it. I’m not going to magically change right when the clock turns 12:00 a.m. on New Years Eve, so why should I pretend like I am going to. I’ve also noticed that a lot of people just make New Year resolutions as a joke or because they think they have to and they never actually follow through with it. That is honestly setting yourself for disappointment, and it should not be the way to start a new year.

Jonathan Barron: I have very mixed feelings about New Year Resolutions. On one hand I think it’s important that we set goals for ourselves to make us a better person, but on the other I think that it makes us even lazier because I can’t think of anyone who’s actually ever met even one of their New Year Resolutions. Imagine setting goals to never achieve them. That could mean two things- the resolution wasn’t important enough to achieve in the first place, or you don’t have the will, the want, the need to achieve it. I find myself in that predicament a lot, I know there are areas where I need to improve myself but I don’t know if it’s worth setting as a goal because not achieving something for whatever reason just ultimately makes me an even worse person.

 

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