An Editorial On New Year’s Resolutions

Eleanor Jones

A tradition that dates back to approximately 4,000 years ago with the Babylonians, New Year’s Resolutions stand as an ideal way to begin the New Year. Immediately the practice represents a individual’s ability to create change in their life, with full support and expectation from their surroundings. Adding many new challenges and responsibilities, however, it often leads to improper planning in the new year, forgetting and neglecting the self-improvement plans. One of the most popular is ‘work out more”: Work out once on January 2nd. Technically more than last year so the resolution is completed. This all-too common mistake is made in the same vein as the desire for completion. Putting tasks already completed on a to-do list just to check them off creates an allusion of productivity, something often craved in the New Year craze. Instead, it’s better to take time to evaluate what needs improvement and how to integrate into your life. For example, if one wakes up earlier, it can give them a designated time to work out, and then work or school or previous engagements don’t suffer from the change. The trickle of positive change feeds into the life of those who seek out change to begin with. Recognizing where change is needed does not have to be at New Year’s, but can be at any time and should not be put off with a certain holiday.