New Years' Resolution
By: Belen Robles
With the closing of another year, new sets of goals are either prepared or old ones are re-established. The classics including losing weight, eating healthier, and maybe, getting straight As are all the “basic stuff” or so Junior Elise Tat claims.
Tat, having experience with new years' resolutions the last two or three years asks herself, “If they didn’t work before, why would they work now? What’s the point?” Thus, stemming with the defeating statistics of less than half completed resolutions, she has decided not to make one this year.
However, on the optimistic side, Junior Alyssa Miyasato is trying resolutions for the first time in both last and this new decade. “No stressing over little things and thinking about calming down more” is her resolution after having a “stressful first semester junior year” and participating in strenuous extra-curriculars.
Miyasto has plenty of faith in accomplishing her resolution already, constantly practicing her goal whenever a situation seems to escalate. For example, in her sport, colorguard, if she does not have a certain piece of choreography yet she won’t immediately stress but “practice and focuses instead on [her] technique.”
She was also completely understanding with those who may not be able to finish or uphold their resolutions, reasoning that “some people think differently than others and it depends on how their life is, how stressful it is, and what’s going on.” Although she seemed to agree that in order to guarantee success, making the resolution a habit is crucial.
Mr. Grant Keaney, AP and Honors English teacher, would also agree. He believes that when one seems to doubt their success in completing the resolution, one should think back to the reason why they started it in the first place.
Keaney said, “That’s the tough part: listening to your inner voice and following through.” He even connected his own 2020 resolution to the content he is teaching his 11th graders right now with transcendentalism. His resolution was both to himself and his students: “ to make life more manageable with simplification.”
This goes onto saying that life can be easy. Removing the stress of gaining the next materialistic piece of technology, surrounding yourself with positive people instead of hanging out with a toxic group of people, or quitting a curricular that no longer brings you happiness would be a form of cleansing for the new year.
Thus, let’s take a little of Henry David Thoreau’s words and look to 2020 with one word; “Simplify. Simplify.”