New Year’s Resolutions

A little late in the month for this topic, but since the guys talked about it this week, I might as well give my opinion. Topic 1 of the GameOverGreggy Show had the crew discuss the New Year’s resolutions they set last year to see if they had any successes, and then they set some new ones for this year.

We’ve all been here before—a new year rolls around and, in the spirit of having a fresh start, you think up some things you would like to accomplish. But most of the time these resolutions are toast by the time February arrives. Really, it’s just human nature.

I don’t typically set New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always thought that they are too black and white—either you accomplish what you set out to do, or you fail. More often then not, failure happens because the resolutions set are too vague or ambitious. Or maybe they’re just doomed from the start, because nothing has actually changed with the arrival of a new year.

I do, however, appreciate the optimism in trying to make positive changes, and I won’t ever fault someone who says they have New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I commend those who are trying to achieve something. But rather than quit when a setback occurs, I suggest to push on and keep trying throughout the year. With this in mind, I prefer to think of New Year’s resolutions as goals, because goals are something to keep striving for, and are important to have. Perhaps I’m just switching one word for another… but I digress.

Over the years I’ve had a few of the same goals: eat healthier, exercise as much as I can, and learn new things. These are just good things to keep in mind that really everyone should think about. I’m in college right now, so the learning new things part is easy, though the other two are quite a bit harder to maintain.

My life revolves around school right now, so any goals I have are sort of dictated by that. Sure, I’d like to do things like learn a new language, play more video games, and read more books, but because of the school commitment, I know I don’t have the time. So for now my big goal is to work as hard as I can in school and achieve success—perhaps land a communications-related job in summer.

A couple small goals I should be able to find time for:

-I need to learn how to tie a tie (30 minutes and a quick YouTube video should do the trick)

-learn to cook something from scratch (again, YouTube is my best friend)

And that’s really it for me this year. Wish me luck. And let me know in the comments how you feel about New Year’s resolutions.

To all those still keeping up with their resolutions:

You can do it!

I believe in you!

To those who have already failed:

There’s always next year!


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