New Year, Old Resolutions

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Why does it always seem that when a New Year comes, everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are always the same? We all know the standard list: lose weight, be kind, try something new, meet new people, et cetera. So is there even a point to making resolutions if they’re not even followed a month into the New Year? I think so, but there are certain conditions to be considered.

This past year, I decided not to make resolutions because I don’t usually make them nor follow them if I do. I chose to just make this year “the year of me”, and as cliché as it sounds, it actually somewhat worked. I didn’t focus on one aspect in particular, but instead focused on bettering myself as a whole. I continued doing the activities and tasks I normally do, but focused on improving myself a little bit while doing them. For example, I strived to become healthier and a little bit skinnier, overall, but didn’t particularly focus on this too much and actually saw massive improvement. I also focused on having a happier year, and although difficult, I actually did in comparison to 2015.

I think part of the problem with New Year’s resolutions is that we get too much of an idea of the ideal person and compare ourselves to that ideal too much. Changing to be like someone is an awful idea because you can lose sense of who you actually are. The discussion of body image in comparison to media is an entirely different article, but the point is still valid. Ideals imposed by “perfect” people in media often make us believe we have to make resolutions to be or look a certain way. I think this might be why some people give up their resolutions so early on because they soon realize these ideals cannot and should not be achieved.

Another issue is that we tend to make resolutions so unachievable that we lose hope of accomplishing them so early on in the year. This ties along with the issue of ideas imposed by media, but is a little different. We often make ideals for ourselves, which are often based on media, which seem easy but are very difficult to achieve. Changing your lifestyle entirely, like going from eating desserts every day to never eating them, seems beneficial, but is so unrealistic. There are other things you can do to change yourself than the most drastic and misleading option. Make your resolutions for the New Year things you actually believe you can do. Like I’ve said, focusing on smaller things can be a lot more successful than crazy ideas you won’t be able to accomplish.

I’m not saying to forgo making a resolution list this year, but I do think you should put a little more thought into it. Focus on things you can improve about yourself, but don’t try to make goals that will drastically change you. Chances are you might be reluctant to follow or strive for the resolution if that’s the case. Keeping who you are and what you do but making a little change throughout the course of the whole year to better yourself seems like a better plan to me. And honestly, change is a natural part of life anyways, so you’ll grow and change no matter what. Whether it’s physically or mentally, change is expected. If you consciously want to change just that little bit, don’t focus on it too much but tweak little things in your everyday schedule. Add those extra five minutes in the workout, save the cookie for later, or compliment someone regardless of how he or she looks. Those are all simple things that if repeated, can change you advantageously.

Thinking that 2017, my graduating year, will be here soon is crazy and I’m unbelievably excited for what it will bring for me. Happy New Year’s Resolution making and have a blessed 2017!

 

Author: Hannah Borgh

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