We’ve been here before. We’ve seen the lists, we’ve tried to take on the old foes before, whether it’s eating healthier, quitting smoking, starting a project that’s been in the making for some time, resolving to read more, and so on.
These goals are not useless by any means; in fact they are quite admirable. It means that we seek to better ourselves.
It is always a good idea to stay healthy, stay sane and do away with the bad in our lives. Yet, in our heart of hearts, we know that they will not last; we might have stolen a puff when no one was looking or snuck in that Snickers bar between classes. Despite our best intentions and efforts, we are going to give in to temptation, laziness or both at some point in time.
The general perception on campus is that not many people take them seriously. As Dylan C.H ‘17 RA at Trowbridge said, “It’s really difficult to make a commitment like that and actually carry it out for an entire year.”
According to an article in the New York Times, of the 45 percent of Americans who make New Year resolutions, 70 percent are going to keep at them throughout the first two weeks of 2015 while half of them end up throwing in the towel after six months. However, they did report that people who did resolve to change are ten times as likely to achieve their goals as those who did not.
Tanush Jagdish ’18 said a new year’s resolution allows people to make a positive change in their lives
“It is not something you construct for the sake of it. It is an opportunity for us to find that change that we have been looking around in our lives.” One thing that might help, he said, is to think about it every day and nothing will be able to stop you from achieving your goals.
His own New Year resolutions include spending more time with friends and bringing TED X to K.
The fact of the matter is, New Year resolutions can seem trite, forgettable and frankly, they can be made at any point in the year. But the start of a new year is a good time to reflect, to sort out the good stuff from the bad and figure out what you really want to do with your time.
A very familiar adage goes: ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ or in this case, your life. If one really wanted to make a change in one’s life, one can start anytime. So, start now- go to that salad bar during dinner! And as far as change go, 2015 seems like a good place as any to start.