New Year’s Resolutions

By Kara Driver
January 29, 2009

Getting fit, being more organized and quitting smoking are very familiar ideas that people share for their New Year’s resolution.

Around Christmas time and New Year’s, you hear conversations everywhere about how people want to better their lives.

The tradition of the New Year’s resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. when Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, was placed at the head of the calendar.

There is always a lot of talk about it but do people actually stick to their resolutions?

Tara Parker, the “Pope on Health,” states that “four out of five people who make New Year’s resolutions tonight will eventually break them. In fact, a third won’t even make it to the end of January.”

Some other popular ideas that seem to go around are getting out of debt, quit drinking, help others, learn something new and just enjoy life more. Some of these ideas seem pretty easy but mostly never happen.

A couple of the hardest ones for people to quit in my opinion is quitting smoking and drinking, getting fit and losing some weight. Some people are not equipped to make such drastic changes in their life. It is very hard to quit cold turkey if you smoke heavily or are a heavy drinker.

Weight loss is ranked as one of the most popular resolutions that people make. More than 66 percent of people in the America are overweight so this is not too surprising.

Some of the easier ones that require just determination and will-power are just having more fun and spending more time with your family.

I feel the best way to follow these resolutions is to plan them out ahead of time. How are you going to make time to see your family and friends?

What needs to be organized in your life and what is the best way to do this?

Another goal that seems hard for people to overcome is debt. Since the economy is so bad, this was a big one for a lot of people. Around Christmas time, so many people were saying how they do not have any money and this is going to be a cheap Christmas.

I feel that for this New Year it was kind of a must that a lot of people take it easy with their money.

I will admit that I have tried to make New Year’s resolutions and follow them, but it is hard to change your lifestyle which you are so use to living.

Since I do play lacrosse, I find it a little easier to start working out and sticking to it because I kind of have to. I feel if people have to do something, they are more likely to stick with it.

It seems like in a lot of situations people just say they are giving up or changing something because that is the thing to do, but most of the time they do not really have their hearts set on it.

New Year’s resolutions are a very popular thing that I feel just require determination. People can change their lives if they set their heart to what they want.

Kara Driver

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