No time to dwell on the past, focus on the future
I procrastinate too much. I should work on my time management. I am not in the best physical shape. I should exercise more to prepare for track season. I don’t make enough money. I should get a better job this semester. There are so many things I need to fix in my life! Where should I begin?
These thoughts run through my mind once a year. Once a year my life suddenly seems less than perfect and in serious need of improvement. For one day in 365 I feel inept and completely inadequate. Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who experiences this. I’m sure you do too. This is because our society has turned a day that should be a happy time of new beginnings into a time of self-criticism and self-doubt.
New Year’s Day has become inevitably connected to New Year’s resolutions. Most people make them and most people break them. The most common ones are to loose weight or to quit smoking. The intention of a New Year’s resolution is good.
We all have qualities that we could improve upon, but regrettably, most resolutions have been broken and forgotten by the time the snow melts. Instead of being a way to improve ourselves, resolutions have become a way to pick out our poor qualities and feel bad about them. I know as a high school senior I have plenty to worry about without picking out my bad qualities to correct.
Did you make a resolution this year? Well, as we sit here a week into the new year, I’ll be willing to bet most of you who made resolutions have already broken them. It’s nothing to feel bad about because you’re not alone.
I’d like to share with you the resolution that I made this year. This year I resolved to never make another New Year’s resolution. It is not worth anyone’s time or energy to spend a day making self-criticisms that will most likely not be corrected.
Since New Year’s Day is supposed to be a happy time of new beginnings, why don’t we keep it happy? Rather than getting ourselves down, we should think about the good things that we accomplished in the past year and think about how we can accomplish them again.
There is no point in thinking about the things we wish we hadn’t done because we can’t change them. Someone once said that though no one can ever go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
History might be entirely different if everyone had always focused on his or her flaws. Take Albert Einstein for example At 16 he tried to skip high school by taking an entrance exam to the Swiss Polytechnic, a top technical university, but he failed the arts portion of the exam. If Einstein had focused on the fact that the arts were not his strong suit and spent all of his time making feeble attempts to strengthen his abilities in the arts, he may have never became the world-changing physicist that he was.
I hope that next New Year’s Day, or even starting right now, people will make a new resolution, a resolution against resolutions. If we could all concentrate on developing our strengths rather than exploiting our weaknesses, just think of the things we could accomplish.
Lorin Kline is a senior at Whittell High School.
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