New Year New…

New Year New...

Koen Samuel, Assistant Editor

So it’s finally 2020. It’s a new year, a new decade. A new chapter still to be written. The main topic when it comes to the new year is what your New Year’s resolution is going to be. Once the clock hits twelve, it’s made out to seem like we’re supposed to change instantaneously, committed to our new goal for the new year.

But to be honest, when the clock hit twelve, I felt no different. Maybe there’s some kind of adrenaline in the moment, a rush of emotion or excitement. However, there is not some kind of spiritual awakening that just enlightens the soul. Sure, the year is different, we’re in a new era of time, but we’re still the same people. I’m still the same person. In fact, unlike many of those around me, I didn’t even bother to make a resolution. I’ll explain why. 

New Year’s resolutions normally falls apart sometime within that first month. The changing of the year is not enough for people to change. Many people whose New Year’s goals crumble lack character. Author Cavett Robert said it best when he explained, “Character is the ability to carry out a resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” The feeling that people have the first day of the new year should be harboured for the duration of the amount of time they intended to make is last in the first place. 

Of course, nobody is perfect. There will be highs and lows and our New Year’s resolutions will go through crests and troughs. But this contributes  to the reason why I didn’t make a resolution. People often get caught up in changing their goals as a way to change themselves. But the best way for us to change ourselves is a new year, new mentality mindset. 

 A new mentality usurps any resolution somebody can make, because no matter what change you want to make to yourself, throughout the year, you can commit to, and be strong enough to carry out. A new mentality will help us to pick ourselves back up again after the resolutions we want to make falter. We won’t be perfect everyday, but it’s about progress, not perfection.