Keeping resolutions proves to be difficult

It is the beginning of a New Year, and with it people begin to generate New Year’s resolutions. There are many types of New Year’s resolutions, such as the classic to lose weight, to eat better, or to become a better person. But there remains the question of whether or not anyone accomplishes these sometimes lofty goals. If no one is sticking with their resolutions, it is almost as though the promises are pointless.

“I don’t think they’re pointless, but I don’t exactly think they’re accurate,” senior Katy Tipton said. “[Having a resolution such as] to be more helpful would be a better New Year’s resolution than ‘I’m going to lose 100 pounds’. I think people think these ridiculous things like losing a lot of weight and it’s just not realistic.”

While it’s not impossible to accomplish a New Year’s resolution, it seems as though many people struggle with it. The reason behind this could have something to do with the detail and planning that some people lack with their resolutions, while others are more goal-specific.

“I have made them [New Year’s resolutions], but I didn’t stick to them,” Tipton said. “I think you should be specific and timely. For example if you want to lose 50 pounds in a year, figure out how much you want to lose each month. You’re still doing what you want to, but you now have an easier goal to reach.”

There’s also the idea of changing precisely at New Year’s. If self-improvement is the goal, then there seems to be no meaning behind waiting until January 1.

“I don’t see a point to New Year’s resolutions. People make them and are motivated, but miserable, for about one or two weeks,” Senior Holly Howell said. “There’s another thing, if you are going to lose weight, or have any resolution, then why wait until the New Year? Why procrastinate?”

Although many students make New Year’s resolutions just for the fun of it, others are more serious about their resolutions.

“I believe New Year’s resolutions are goals in the beginning of the year that some people strive for and others just think it’s pointless. It’s really a matter of opinion,” Junior Myckel Richmond said.

There are many varying opinions on resolutions and the goals behind them, and often people believe that it is the individual’s choice on whether or not a New Year’s resolution is a serious, specific goal, or a generic idea that is generated just for fun.