New Year’s Goals

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"We will open the book. Its pages are blank.We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Lindsey McDonald

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New Years is the time or day at which a new calendar begins and the calendar’s count increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner, and the day is often marked as a national holiday. January 1 is an exciting day for most people simply because it is the start of a new year. Most people are excited with the freshness of the “new start” they feel with the new year. Many people put the past behind them and go on with their lives. People believe that the new year is time to put behind the troubles of the previous year: deaths, health issues, emotional issues, depression, anxiety, loss, and the list continues on. Most experts believe the start of the freshness of the “new start” is good for most people; they believe it brings them out of the old state of mind from the past year’s trauma.

Along with the new year, many people make New Year’s resolutions, or goals, that can help them become a better version of themselves throughout the new year. The most common goal in the United States is to start a diet, or to “workout more”, or to begin the start to the new healthy lifestyle their mind envisions. Along with the fitness goals, people strive to begin saving money, picking up a hobby, reading more, doing better in school/work, waking up earlier, being more grateful, stop procrastinating, spending more time in nature, enjoying the little things, developing a deeper relationship in the desired religion, meeting new people, trying to find a spouse, staying close with family members, and the list continues on forever. The main part of the goal is to make the year better than the last. This year I hope that everyone sticks with their goals and makes this new year the best year they have had so far and the years to come, even better than the last.