New Year’s resolutions are stupid. Yeah, I said it. They’re dumb. Doesn’t mean you as a person are dumb, just the phenomenon that is in set.
I think the whole point of waiting until a new year to change one (or many) of your flaws, only to break them in, say, a week and start planning on the last week of December is pretty pointless. Call me a hipster or whatever, but it’s gotten to the point where breaking your new year’s resolution is a meme.
I get it though; New Year, new me, new beginning. It’s always refreshing to start anew, but the problem I have specifically with New Year’s Resolutions is that people (when I say people, I’m not talking about everyone. Just a lot of people. If you actually go through with your resolution, then kudos to you for taking it seriously. Anyways, when I say people, just keep in mind that I mean a lot and not everyone) usually don’t really take it seriously.
It’s like 11:59 p.m.: “I’ll cut back on drinking.” 12:04 a.m.: “I can’t take it anymore!” Obviously that is an exaggeration of a very specific situation, but the point is, willpower seems very flakey these days. Aside from New Year’s Resolutions, the whole idea of waiting until a specific time to change one (or many) of your flaws is questionable already. I’m not going to sit here typing away acting like I don’t set goals, but the way I view it, if you’re waiting so long to make such a difficult change, is that change really important? If change is urgent, it should be then and now. Otherwise. it’s just procrastination.
Written by Nifa Kaniga
To me, the New Year is a fresh start; a fresh start to change your outlook on the year ahead, change the way you live your life, and start surrounding yourself with things that will better your life.
It has been recorded that 41% of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution, but the success rate is not as high. Some people fight that resolutions are just an excuse to find time to change yourself, and that if change was really being sought out, then that could transpire at any time. My view is that New Year’s resolutions are an initiative to change your year, instead of continuing with unhealthy habits.
Even though I understand Nifa’s argument, I am a firm believer that a new year is a fresh start, and you can leave your unhealthy habits in the previous year. Searching for a resolution is a way to evaluate exactly where your life is currently at. Then, you can see the effects of certain instances, or perhaps a specific attitude or situation, and you can perfect where it went wrong or potentially could have. You are able to figure out how to change your perspectives to better yourself, as well as others.
Resolutions are important because it is a way to hold yourself accountable. A fresh start requires a change in attitude, and if you go into a new year with a better mindset, you are more likely to be successful. Personally, I think New Year’s resolutions are extremely beneficial. Even though the year just started, I have already noticed a change in myself and my attitude. I have been focusing on more positive things instead of the negative, due to the fact that there are some things better left in 2016. I’ve been focusing on a better sleep schedule, and have made time for the things that I value most. I have been reaching out to different people, who I am slowly growing closer to. I think that these are changes I should have realized a while ago, but without the realization of a new year, I would not have acted upon these resolutions.
Despite every person’s distinct beliefs on New Year’s resolutions, I still remain strong in the presumption that there is no harm in trying to take action on the way you want your year to go. A quote that was read to me recently said, “Forward is forward. It doesn’t matter your pace.” This being said, if you want to make a change, make small steps toward your goal to get to the ultimate and successful resolution.
Written by Camryn Horst
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION OR NEW YEAR’S PROCRASTINATION?