It has become a tradition of people around the world to set resolutions to accomplish throughout the year. People usually make these resolutions to break bad habits or to start good ones. The very first known New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia and date back to 2000 BC. Since then people celebrate the new year with everything from fireworks to cake and noisemakers. Through all this madness, people make their resolutions.
Evan Heywood, a senior at SLV high school says that he makes a new year’s resolution every year. This year he decided to make a resolution that wasn’t too difficult but not too easy. “If the resolution is too difficult, it just won’t be accomplished by the end of the year,”he said. Evan also gave an example of one of his resolutions, “this year I am going to drink a lot more water. It’s good for you and I honestly don’t drink as much as I should. To accomplish my goal of drinking more water, I decided to purchase a Hydro Flask (a really nice water bottle).” Evan is planning on taking the Hydro Flask everywhere he goes so the water bottle reminds him to drink more water throughout his day.
Codey Runicorn, a junior at SLV high school exclaims that she wants to be happier this year. So, her New Year’s resolution is to do things that make her happier. “I usually don’t focus on New Year’s resolutions, but this year I decided to make a little difference in my life. In order to be happier, I need to do things that make me happy. For this reason, I’m doing the firefighter internship. This is a career option for me and even the thought of it makes me very happy. I might even make more resolutions because it’s never too late to start a resolution.”
Although many people make New Year’s resolutions, most people tend to not follow through with them. According to the University of Scranton, only 8% of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them. That is a very small number. An idea to keep your resolutions this year is to mark it on a calendar for every month and then cross it out once you feel that the resolution for the month is complete.
2018 has finally arrived and a great way to break old habits or start good ones begins with a New Years resolution. As Codey said, “It’s never too late to make a resolution.” A New Years resolution can be more on the simple side, like drinking more water, or on the more complicated side, like setting new goals to become happier. Whatever form of resolution is picked, remember to hang onto it and try your best to keep it throughout the new year.
By Atara Miller