New Year, New Updates

Eric Guinn, Staff Writer

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January. The month of empty promises and a time for failed attempts at becoming better people. If you are a good guesser or just simply read the title of the article, you probably know where I am going with this introduction.

Yes. New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone has at least come in contact with a 2-meal vegan or a one-day wonder gym rat that becomes sore after the first day and never darkens the doorstep of a gym again. They plague our Facebook and our Twitter feeds with their “New Year, New Me” optimism. You enjoy even less on Instagram and Snapchat because then, only then, you get the absolute joy of actually getting to see their “progress”.

However, the pessimistic point of view I express is, without argument, humbled in regards to the people who actually have legitimate New Year’s Resolutions. These come in the form of have trying to kick a seriously harmful habit such as smoking cigarettes, or alcoholism. You people deserve all of the support and kudos that is given to you.

For instance, English and Theatre InterDisc major, Aidan Beasley longs to have more ambition in correlation to his goals and needs in life. “Though its only twenty days into 2019,” he pointed out, “I feel more motivated to get stuff done”. Mental goals that take away or add traits to a personality take true grit and determination to accomplish. Other than addiction, these goals may be, by far, the hardest.

Though some people strive to attain a certain mental goal, others strive to achieve a spiritual goal. Mass Communications and Business InterDisc major, Madi Estela is currently reading through the Bible chronologically. She stated that she and her friends were already finished with the story of Job. Now notice that I said, “story of Job” and not “book of Job”. Fun fact, they are actually not speed-reading the Bible. The story of Job actually took place during the time of Genesis.

Physical goals are also no slouch to accomplish either. Campus band’s Senior bassist, Lee Palacios, plans to be the first in his family to graduate from college. He is currently pursuing a Spanish degree and plans to graduate in the winter of 2019. Lee says it’s going good so far.

Though most students only have one major resolution, senior Music Major, Philip Skinner is on the course to achieve three resolutions. This year, his focus is to “become more intentional” in his communications with friends, become closer to God while working out five times a week. He explained that he had a strong desire to improve his communication skills with his friends or colleagues. Philip, or Phil, as his call friends call him, strives to read his Bible more and pray often. Trust me, if you work out five times a week, your relationship with God ought to be a close one. I’d be praying for Him to give me a reason not to workout.

New Year’s Resolutions can come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from personally revising all the way to first-time achievements. The question is, are you willing to change yourself for the better or are you just making a New Year’s resolution because everyone else is?