Since this is the second semester, there’s a lot to think about. Underclassmen are plagued with the responsibility of selecting courses for the next calendar year and seniors must start sort-of deciding what the rest of their lives are going to look like. However, amongst all these things we must consider your New Year’s resolution.
In 2015, we promise to be stronger, healthier, happier, BETTER. We say we’ll work out more and procrastinate less. We’ll finish all of our homework on time, make new friends, strengthen old relationships, and watch better shows on Netflix. However, now that it’s the beginning of February, we’re back to our old habits.
Let’s take the most common New Year’s resolution– to go to the gym more. If you were at the YMCA a few weeks ago, you probably saw the hordes of people clutching new membership cards and unused sweatbands, flocking to the ellipticals as if they were taking a pilgrimage to Mecca. Yet, according to International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, of the reported 131,700,000 gym membership worldwide, 67 percent of them go completely unused. Although most gyms see a 12 percent increase in their gym membership during January, 80 percent of these gym-goers stop attending by the second week of February.
Don’t get me wrong, New Year’s resolutions are fab. However, the limbo between Christmas and the ball drop shouldn’t be the only occasion for self-reflection. A New Year’s resolution makes the act of self-betterment an extraordinary circumstance. But shouldn’t we be working towards a better self EVERY month of the year? If we set more attainable goals for ourselves throughout the year, we can avoid failing at resolutions that we are incapable of keeping.
This year, I made a resolution to cut back on caffeine. I did great… for literally two days. Yet, within the first week of January, I was back guzzling Dunkaccinos like there was no tomorrow. However, instead of waiting for next to year, I’m going to try again next month. And when I fail again, I’ll try again the next month. Let’s band together, with our unused EAC cards, bundles of put-off homework, and styrofoam cups filled with caffeinated heaven, and work towards a brighter tomorrow EVERY day of the year.