New year, new views on resolutions

Unused weights are locked away in the exercise room at Pine Ridge Village, Jan. 13.

For some people, the end of a year is a moment filled with nostalgia about the last 12 months. However, others see it as an opportunity to set a resolution for the new one. The new year can be seen as a time to set a new goal, try something extraordinary, or even change routines and habits.

Despite the excitement of starting something new, some people see the beginning of a year as just a regular day. For these people, the new year is just an excuse to create goals that could actually be pursued at any time.

Senior Carla Mendoza said goals can be set whenever someone puts their mind to accomplishing them.

“I think people get excited about resolutions when the year begins, but that mentality doesn’t last long,” Mendoza said. “It’s always fun to celebrate a new beginning, but I think someone can set a new goal whenever they want. Even though a new year is an opportunity to try new things, it doesn’t mean resolutions have to start on Jan. 1.”

Mendoza said she has tried setting resolutions before but failed to go through with them. In the past, she said she has set resolutions, such as becoming more organized in school, but this goal did not go as planned.

After failing at keeping her resolutions, Mendoza said she no longer plans to set a resolution each new year.

“I was upset about not keeping my resolution, but then I realized setting a resolution isn’t necessary,” Mendoza said. “I haven’t set a resolution for a while and I think that’s OK. People shouldn’t feel pressured to start a resolution if they don’t want to. Sometimes change can be good, but I don’t think it has to happen.”

Freshman Shannan Barrett said she has been successful with a few resolutions. Barrett said she decided to become vegetarian four years ago for the new year. She is still vegetarian, but she said resolutions can also have a negative impact.

Barrett said she has seen people act hard on themselves in achieving their resolution.

“I’ve seen some friends and family be negative toward themselves because of a New Year’s resolution,” Barrett said. “I think it’s a great idea to set a resolution, but people shouldn’t be harsh on themselves to keep up with it.”

For a positive outcome of a resolution, Barrett said people should set more attainable resolutions. She said that even though becoming vegetarian is not an easy goal, she made it easier for herself by being patient and not rushing her goal.

Although Barrett found success in one of her resolutions, she said there were times where she felt like resolutions did not serve a purpose.

“I’m glad that my resolution of becoming a vegetarian worked, but I was close to giving up,” Barrett said. “I don’t think people should get caught up in the idea that the start of a new year is the only chance they have to start a new goal. I think the mentality that the new year is the only opportunity for a fresh start is what impacts people negatively. People shouldn’t have to rush things if they really want to achieve their resolution.”

Similar to Barrett, freshman Brittany Tomes said she has seen negative outcomes from setting resolutions. In her experience, she said New Year’s resolutions have mostly been about proving something to other people rather than focusing on the goal itself. Tomes said she has seen people become toxic about setting their goals and they have become obsessed with achieving the goal they set for themselves.

“Goals should have a positive impact rather than a negative one,” Tomes said. “It’s great to say that you achieved a New Year’s resolution, but you have to do it for yourself. I think it’s about the way someone thinks about their goal. Sometimes it’s OK to be stubborn about a goal, but it can also have negative outcomes.”

Tomes said that she experienced withdrawals from setting resolutions. She said that at first she had been excited to follow her resolution, but eventually she did not have the motivation to keep up with it. She said she felt like there was no point in following her resolution a few weeks into the year.

“I became really lazy after setting my resolution, and I didn’t see the point in following it anymore,” Tomes said. “I would forget to follow the rules I had set, feel unmotivated or just feel like it was a chore I had to follow. I was excited about my goal, but the feeling went away. I didn’t see the point of keeping up with my resolution anymore.”

Even though resolutions create excitement for people at the beginning of a new year, resolutions can be accomplished whenever someone sets their mind to create a new goal for themselves.