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New Year, Same Me

Article By: Caitlyn Corso
Jan 29, 2015

With the new year under way many people are already disappointed in their poor choices for the year thus far. Although, should that be the case? Millions of people around the world make promises to themselves of a new way of life for the upcoming year. New years resolutions are often seen as a way to start the year with a fresh slate. However, how many of these resolutions are actually followed through?

What is the point of a new years resolution? Yes, to be a new person, start fresh, yada yada. But, in reality, should there be so many things people feel the need to change about themselves. And, if that is the case, why do people need an excuse or a reason to change? There is no difference between working out in September, or January. Okay, that’s a lie. The difference is that people put off working out until January 1st rather than going to the gym on September 29th.

If a person puts off going to the gym for months, what’s going to stop them from continuing to put off working out for other, arguably more important or valuable activities? If someone has already waited three months, another week won’t kill them. Although, there lies the problem. In society it is one hundred percent acceptable for a person to only change what they don’t like about themselves when it is convenient. There are always excuses, and things that get in the way of what someone needs to do.

A student can’t read over summer because they have a job, or are on vacation, so they will just wait until the school year begins to start the book that has been sitting on their nightstand for two months. Then the school year begins, and now that student has homework and football practice, so they put off reading until winter break. Winter break rolls around and the student would rather spend the holidays with their family than read a book that could always be read once the new year starts. That’s now a resolution. “I will read three books this year in my spare time!”

Most people can relate to this scenario, and most surely know how this turned out. The student began to read but was still too busy. So they put it off again, and again, and eventually gave up on their resolution. Only to make a slightly more practical resolution the next year, that would still not get followed through.

People should not and do not need an excuse to better themselves. There is always room for improvement no matter what that thing is. Whether it be to exercise more, read in their spare time, spend more time with their family, or whatever the case may be, this change can happen at anytime. January 1st does not make the difference of being able to complete a task, a person's willingness and determination ultimately makes the change.

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