New Year’s resolutions lack commitment

As January draws to a close and February begins, a universal theme settles upon the campus like the recent snow.

Workout equipment lays untouched, sock drawers continue to lie in mounds of single socks longing for their sole mates, all scholarship applications have already passed their deadlines and that essay started last month still doesn’t have a conclusion. The hopes and dreams for the 2014 year have inevitably been washed down the drain.

In other words, New Year’s Resolutions have failed.

This is not a new revelation. In fact, it seems that the failure of New Year’s prospects is an annual occurrence. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s pretty sad how quickly people make them.

I’m not saying that New Year’s resolutions are a bad thing. It’s honestly quite a testimony to the human spirit that each year there is a holiday dedicated to making better choices. The problem is, this never seems to work.

However optimistic someone is on midnight New Year’s Day, the prospect of acting on resolutions becomes increasingly less appealing as the year goes on. I realize how hard it is to do something I don’t want to do, even if I know how great I’ll feel once I’ve accomplished it.

While I’m certain it has good intentions, perhaps the existence of the holiday has a reverse effect of making it easier to forget. Why would someone try to follow a set of rules when they know that if they break them, they can always start over next year?

Another thing is that people don’t seem to be too concerned when they come up short. In fact, relating in failure has turned into quite of a joke amongst students. Most people would rather laugh at themselves than be laughed at, so poking fun at their own failures has easily transitioned into an acceptable conversation topic.

Everyone should be reminded to be his or her best self all year round, not just one day a year. A conscious effort toward being genuinely good and productive battles with the ensuing ignorance of society. It makes me so happy to see people trying; I just wish they would try for more than one month a year. The world would be a much better place if the mentality of Jan. 1 was one that graced us year-round.