New Year’s Resolutions: A Reflection

By Alana Modi

Every year we decide to invite a new year with excitement and a positive attitude. Every new year we set goals for ourselves to fulfill, the same goals that you most likely are unable to remember on December 31st of the following year. We make empty promises to ourselves that we focus on for the first few weeks of January that then start to dissolve into nothing as time continues to progress. During this unprecedented year, the whole world was put on pause and many people, for the first time, were able to recognize the goals they made at the start of the year because of the excess time. At the start of this year the majority of the population thought that this was going THE year, a year that wiped the slate clean and started a new decade, but this was of course not prominent in most lives. After interviewing multiple students, it was clear how New Year’s resolutions really play out, especially during times like this past year. 

The obvious resolutions that come to mind are eating healthier and exercising more, but each person interprets these goals differently. One student’s resolution was to run more this year and grow stronger as a runner. This is an example of a resolution that was able to be fulfilled due to the all the time we have had in quarantine. On the other hand, eating healthier was a resolution made by another student, a goal that was hard to fulfill because of the chances she had throughout quarantine to make new dishes and experiment. Many people may not have experienced the same thing during quarantine because numerous restaurants were closed, limiting unhealthy options. Academic goals are other resolutions people made at the beginning of 2020, but many academic goals were forced to suffer due to the distance learning model. This has been a year full of failure, but at the end of the day everything that got us to still survive to this point has only strengthened our character. 2020 was just a test, a test we will be able to get a 100% on in the upcoming year, where many resolutions will have drastically changed.

New resolutions that many may have this year are most likely impacted by the pandemic and everything we have experienced this past year. Some suggestions may be to spread more random acts of kindness throughout the community. Another may be to treat everyone you meet equally, and not jump to conclusions too soon. After the year we have all had, there are hundreds of lessons to learn and our New Year’s resolutions should incorporate more self reflection instead of focusing on the physical aspects of our lives. Many times these goals don’t have to only benefit us, but can also be created to benefit the world we live in, and it is this type of drive that will ensure that you are able to stick with your resolutions. 

This year is starting to wrap up and our own personal health should be a priority, so I wish you all a happy, safe, and healthy holiday, and I hope you all set new goals for yourself that incorporate lessons you may have learned in this previous year.

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