New Year... Same Me?
The New Year—there’s the celebration of the moment a fresh year starts, and the intentions for afterward. Whether you don’t care at all or have big dreams for the fresh twelve months, everyone has traditions and opinions on New Year’s resolutions.
“I think the true tradition for New Year’s resolutions is making one... and going through with it for a week,” says Odie Walker on the topic. “It’s this really big thing, like, ‘oh, what’s your new year’s resolution?’ but no one actually goes through with them.” There are lots of people who believe the same thing; that the goals have good intentions but are unrealistic in the long run. However, there are people who believe the exact opposite.
“I think you can do whatever goal you want and absolutely achieve it if you want it bad enough,” Bhavya Kaul says in contrast to what Odie believes. “I typically set basic goals like being organized or being better at time management.”
A lot of people tend to make goals for themselves but carrying them out is another story. Some people enjoy keeping track of them mentally and some prefer writing them down to read again at the end of the year.
“Every year pretty much since 2015, I’ve written a bunch of New Year’s resolutions and at the end of the year I look back at them and see what I’ve accomplished and what I still need to work on,” Maddy Forsyth explains. This seems to be her only other tradition besides her mom’s annual
I think you can do whatever goal you want and absolutely achieve it if you want it bad enough."
gathering with friends. But does she ever achieve her New Year goals? “No, absolutely not,” she laughs as if it should’ve already been assumed.
As for the traditions on January 1st, they’re different all over the world. Bhavya Kaul’s family, who are partly Brazilian, carried some of their traditions with them to Canada.
“There are certain things that we eat, like lentils which represent luck in Brazilian culture. Also, we eat twelve grapes and each grape gives you a blessing for every month of the year,” she explains. There are even people—although her family doesn’t do it--that lug suitcases around, which represents travel in the coming year.
2019 is a fresh year and if you want to have a “new me” attitude, go ahead; shoot for the starts with your goals. But is a new year really the best opportunity to set goals to strive for? Maybe if you want to be a better version of yourself, the new year is just an excuse. If you want to make better habits for yourself, any day of the year is a perfect place to start.
By Elizabeth Tackabury