New Year’s Resolutions


Seth Cohen

Be a better person. Go to the gym every other day. Stay away from junk food. These are only a few of the classic New Year’s resolutions. At the beginning of each year, people make these resolutions in hopes of improving themselves. However, these promises are often not kept. The idea of a resolution is a great one, but you have to keep yourself disciplined enough to actually follow through and keep them.

Often times when people create their resolutions, they often fall behind saying they’ll “start tomorrow” or “today isn’t the best day to begin,” and this is why they never last. Half of the battle is your own desire and how much willpower you have to live up to your own resolution.

When someone makes a New Year’s resolution, it is often hard to live up to it. Several people suggest that you should make people aware of your resolutions so that they can help push you to follow through on your goal. Following a few guidelines can help save your resolution.

It’s a new year here at Walter Johnson, and several students have already taken part and have made their New Year’s resolution. Freshman Allie Firestone has committed herself to being less fake.

“I feel like right now with all the social media, it’s important for us to be who we really are. We should be proud of that and shouldn’t have to promote ourselves,” Firestone said.

Firestone believes that this resolution can be kept as she has promised herself to try to be as real as possible with everyone she encounters. It’s a New Year’s resolution such as this one that isn’t your typical one. Nevertheless it is one that’s very promising and Firestone has seemed to embrace it willingly.

But why is it so hard to keep a New Year’s resolution? That seems to be the question. People are willing to declare their resolution, but why can’t they achieve it? What is it that makes them fall short? Senior Christian Ackerman didn’t hesitate to share his response with what he thinks the problems are.

“I would say it’s usually because people are too optimistic and set resolutions that are really demanding. So they end up not being able to keep them,” Ackerman said.

Ackerman’s view as to why resolutions don’t last long is a popular view. People can be too optimistic about their resolutions, and he thinks people should lower their expectations and just do the best they can.

So New Year’s resolutions:Are they worth it? Either way, it’s a new year with new possibilities and hopefully it’ll be a good one.