By Ana Penella, UWCM
January 1st, 2018
[aesop_content color=”#000000″ background=”#ffffff” component_width=”600px” columns=”1″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” disable_bgshading=”off” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up” revealfx=”off” overlay_revealfx=”off”]As the new year has arrived, many start the ambitious task of fulfilling their New Year’s Resolutions. These strong, bold, and most likely pretentious statements aim to disclose how you’re going to completely turn your life around in the year to come. Weight loss, exercising, saving money, good grades, quitting smoking, travelling, and diets. These goals, and several other homogeneous ones, flood the minds of many in the last weeks of December. But let’s be honest, who are you kidding?
Think about it. Have you ever met someone who set arduous goals for the new year, worked with great determination and consistency, and eventually achieved every single one of them? The first weeks of January, you tend to say “okay, it’s tough but you know new year, new me, I’ll keep going”. But when February comes around, your will to continue is likely diluted by the tediousness of your daily routine. And by the time that your calendar reads March, your resolutions will be long absent and forgotten. Unrealistic resolutions are a way of deliberately setting yourself for disappointment. It is a reminder of your alarming lack of self-control and never-ending laziness.
The purpose behind these resolutions, however, is of the honest nature. Ameliorating your habits and changing your life for the better are ideals that we should strive for. Wanting to improve a particular aspect of your life is a great way to kick off the new year. This is why I’d like to invite you to resolute realistically in the days to come.
Instead of aiming to lose those ten pounds, limit yourself to ordering SIBA solely once a week. This way, you’re tackling two of the most cliché resolutions: being healthy and saving money. Don’t spend all of your weekends laying in bed and binge-watching Netflix, alternatively, buy a train ticket and explore foreign places. Rather than attempting to attain a perfect score in every single one of your mocks, try to manage to study a couple of hours every day, free of distractions or procrastination. Replace your intentions of obtaining a perfect attendance during this term for the efforts of waking up for first period at least three times a week. The list goes on.
As we move into 2018, don’t think of all the vices and wrongs you exemplified during the past year. Instead, take this opportunity to celebrate and take pride in all your accomplishments. Don’t make empty promises, the journey to self-improvement is a rocky one so on the eve of this new year, salute to being realistic.
Ana Penella is a second year student at United World College Maastricht. Ana has been a part of the Flying Dutchman as a writer since September 2017.