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New Year’s Resolutions vs. good old goals

By: Savannah Ashley
January 8, 2021

When I think of New Year’s I don’t focus on the resolutions, I focus on goals. Well, yeah, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are in a way, but there is a difference. According to Cambridge Dictionary, a New Year’s resolution is, “a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.” Following what we have re-learned, a goal is, “an aim or purpose.” At least, according to Cambridge Dictionary.

I later pieced together that, goals are aims which are made to be completed within a day, week, month, year, even a lifetime. These goals could just be considered day to day tasks, but the thing is, goals are generally bigger than just tasks. Goals are simply not-so simple to complete. Goals are made for their sole purpose of being hard to accomplish, that way once it’s completed you get a better “reward” than just a day-to-day task. Crazy, right? I sure think so. Some goals could be; to grow up and get your dream job after years and years of schooling, or to have a larger skill level in a certain sport after lots of practice, maybe to become a celebrity on social media. Everybody has a goal, at least one. It’s just a matter of finding one, and making it happen.

This past year has brought us a long way in our lives. Needless to say, we are still experiencing the unexpected, and who knows when it will stop. But with the knowledge we have obtained from the prior year, we can agree that we all want to do something to gain what we’ve missed. Whether finding a new hobby or breaking an old habit, where do we start with the new year? 

I’m 13 and am probably not the person to ask about this type of stuff, but now that I've asked myself the question, and you’ve read the question on the page, I’m bound to answer. Yes, that’s right. With the question locked in our brains, it’s time to explain. 

With the New Year, let’s start with open minds. Don’t think about what we did wrong in the past year. That was in the past. The past is not now and it’s important to live in the moment because who knows what’s to happen next. Let’s start by taking life day by day and make actions that will benefit our peers, but to also make time for ourselves, without being selfish and greedy. It’s important to make sure we are enjoying what we’re doing, but also making sure we aren’t making others mad or upset. Although, the truth will be like that sometimes. But as long as we, the individuals aren’t purposely trying to hurt others, we should go along and be who we are, while searching for whatever it is, we are searching for. 

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