By, Alison Shea | News Editor
December 16, 2015
We’re on the brink of a new year and you know what that means; it’s time to start setting some goals and incorporating new activities into your daily routine. But, do you ever think about the value and rationality of the resolutions you make? When most people think of New Year’s resolutions, they think of tradition; more often than not, they end up not taking it as seriously as they should. The idea behind New Year’s resolutions is strong, but since they are usually not carried through the way one would expect, people don’t give their plans the thoughtful consideration they deserve.
Of course, no resolutions are going to turn out exactly as one would want or think they will, but that doesn’t mean one should give up on making them altogether. After all, doesn’t the beauty of life depend upon its degree of spontaneity? Personally, I’m a firm believer that setting goals leads to a successful and fulfilling life, yet at the same time I see “living in the moment” as what life is all about. Life’s uncertainty is what gives us feelings such as excitement and hopefulness, and without these feelings, life would be boring and dull. However, it is very important to set goals, as they can help lead you in the right direction. Once you know you’re on the right path, you can embrace whatever life throws at you and act on that, keeping your goals in mind and taking advantage of rare opportunities that you happen to come across. There are pros and cons to living a structured and planned life and the same is true with living spontaneously, but living a life between the two opposite ends of the spectrum can be to your benefit.
After all this being said, I would encourage you to spend some time really developing your resolutions and making sure they are practical for this coming year. Just because other people don’t take their resolutions seriously, doesn’t mean you have to as well. These goals could very well lead to success and prosperity in your future if you make the ongoing effort to follow through with them and stay on track. Really think about the importance of each goal and make a list starting with the most important, keeping it in a place you know you’ll never lose it. This list could give purpose to those days that seem inessential and insignificant. These resolutions are also a good reminder of all the things you want to achieve and accomplish in this new chapter of your life.
As said by senior, Sophia Comer, “New year’s resolutions are really fun for me. They give me motivation to achieve my goals. Sometimes they even come true!”
Happy holidays and happy new year!