With school, family, friends, and work on our plates it makes perfect sense that most of us are unable to fulfill our New Year’s resolutions. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take the time to reflect on the past year and think of how to better ourselves for the coming one!
First of all, New Year’s Eve isn’t some portal into a parallel world through which we have to cross to finally achieve a better us. Contrary to popular belief, this “portal” is open all year-round. A nicer, slimmer, or harder-working us can be attained June 1st, the furthest day from New Year’s. There is always time in the year to remake ourselves. In fact, there’s time during the day to do so. Maybe it starts by choosing a salad for lunch, or maybe we bite back that sharp response and simply listen to our teachers. Whatever your goal is, it does not have to start with some huge announcement. It may be born in the mundane activities of our everyday life.
According to a study by the University of Bristol, 80% of people do not fulfill their resolutions. However, I guarantee that 80% of us are not allowing the possibility of achieving our goals to idle, or as Langston Hughes would say, “dry up like a raisin in the sun” or “fester like a sore.” So while, I offer my congratulations to that 20%, I will say that you all simply had a head-start and that we, the 80%, are quickly encroaching.
So, don’t feel bad if a few weeks from now you haven’t worked towards fulfilling tonight’s self-promise or if you can’t even remember it, because you have all of 2012 to correct your flaws and enhance your strengths. Regardless of if you fall into the 20% or the 80%, I wish you the best in all of your ventures for the coming year.
Happy New Year!