New Year’s Resolutions

Are They Even Possible to Uphold?


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Maxine Martinez, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF

     A new year brings in an old tradition: resolutions. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t deny humanity’s infatuation with them. The new year offers a fresh start and an opportunity to become whoever you want to be. But with this age old tradition also brings in the tired question: are resolutions realistic or even achievable?

      The short answer is yes. 

      The long answer is yes, depending on the person setting the resolutions. 

      I know some people who wake up early on January 1, bouncing out the door ready to go on a run, or eat healthy, or just be better than they were last year. Other people start the week before, claiming they’ll actually stick to their new goals if they aren’t “resolutions.”

       But what are resolutions if they are not habits? Things that can be broken and mended as long as they are given one thing: time.

      Which brings me back to the “long answer.” I for one have never stuck to a resolution. I don’t think they’ve ever lasted more than a week, two at best. But maybe my issue isn’t that they’re completely unattainable — it’s that I’ve been impatient. 

      I mean, c’mon, we’ve all seen those transformation videos where someone shows their progress from January to December. So we know it’s possible. 

      Therefore, I can’t help but conclude that new year’s resolutions are achievable. As long as you set the goal to be patient first. 

      Even though January is coming to the end, I propose we amend our resolutions and try again. It’s rumored to take 21 days to break a habit and replace it with a new one. So give it 21 days and then it’s just one day at a time.