On January 3, students flocked back to Boys’ Latin to begin the second half of the school year and the beginning of 2018. The new year is filled with traditions, from watching the ball drop to massive firework displays. One such tradition that is always present is the New Year’s resolution.
At the start of a new year, people make resolutions, or changes, that make them an overall better person. The start of 2018 is a fresh slate for many people who want to make better decisions and be a better person. Many members of the Boys’ Latin community are almost three weeks into their New Year’s resolutions, but how many have kept up with their new personal endeavors?
Surveys from statsticbrain.com show that 42% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution every year, but nearly 73% of those people break their resolution within the first week. Keeping these resolutions can be difficult due to old habits, and that suggests that members of the BL community are struggling with their resolutions. The question is, why?
Teddy Roebuck, a junior at Boys’ Latin, makes a New Year’s resolution almost every year. He said, “It’s fun. It sets a goal for the entire year that you can focus on for an entire year.” Roebuck sees New Year’s resolutions as an opportunity to improve one’s self for the fresh start of another calendar year, but his track record seems to say different.
Like most other Americans, Roebuck admits that he usually fails at his resolution within the first week. Breaking old habits tends to be a downfall of Roebuck’s resolutions, and yet he still makes a new one every January despite his failures. Roebuck’s reasoning behind his repeated attempts is that making new resolutions is “the enjoyment of doing it and setting a new goal for yourself.”
Roebuck’s reasoning behind making a New Year’s resolution seems to revolve around the gratification and hope that setting new goals gives. Even when they may be unattainable, the new year offers an excuse to make goals that most don’t even plan on following up with. Matt Post, a senior, looks at New Year’s resolutions in a more negative light compared to Roebuck.
Post doesn’t like setting a New Year’s resolution, but he, along with his family, engages in the tradition each year. Post believes that when people set big goals at the beginning of each year, they inevitably hurt themselves because they will fail at one point or another. According to Post, the biggest obstacles in his resolutions are time and the fact that he sometimes forgets them.
Post did not set any concrete resolutions this year due to the tumultuous times of the senior year. Getting through the college process and senior year is highest on the list for Post instead of typical resolutions.
Stephen Roche, a learning specialist, takes an abnormal but refreshing approach to the New Year’s resolution. Roche sees New Year’s as an “arbitrary mindful moment,” and more a time for friends and family. Instead of waiting a whole year to set goals for himself, Roche tries to be mindful and set goals for himself every day.
Roche believes the best way to achieve a goal is “to treat every day like January 1.” Instead of just using one day to set goals for an entire year, using daily goals induces a much more consistent success rate. Goals such as working out and saving money are important, but Roche tends to lean on more abstract goals, like being more patient.
New Year’s resolutions were made to be broken, so why make them? The answer is to not make them. Instead, make a goal every day and use that day to accomplish it. There’s no reason to wait an entire year to make a New Year’s resolution when a person can “make every day January 1.”
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