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New Year, same ol’ me, resolutions are overrated

Three weeks into the new year and I’m already kicking myself for not staying true to any of my resolutions, a list, I might add, about 18 articles long.

Included on my list are the usual, work out at least three times per week, eat more consciously, save money, floss my teeth every day and practice Spanish. There are also a few resolutions about trying to be a better person, wife, daughter, granddaughter and friend.

Maybe it’s the guilt talking, but I’m starting to resent the fresh start that is Jan. 1, and my resolution is to not buy into the “new year, new me” mentality.

First of all, Jan. 1, what significance does this date even have? It’s an arbitrary date with absolutely no calibre.

“New year, new me,” is littered all over social media in the days following New Years, but it’s a phrase we should all try to avoid.

“I usually get resolution-y in the fall when school starts. To me that’s the start of a new year,” said Carly Ranger a library information technology student at SAIT.

Besides, Jan. 1 is a terrible day to start with a better you, the majority of us are waking up the worst version of ourselves. Hung-over, stuffing our faces with Gatorade and McMuffins trying to fight off our pounding headaches.

And just like that, you’ve failed, you beat yourself up for it, but ultimately you’ll probably bow to the pressure of resolutions when the time comes again next year.

“I don’t think I’ve ever followed through with a resolution,” said Ranger.

“I started just not making them, I’d rather not be set up to fail,” she said.

“New year, new me,” is littered all over social media in the days following New Years, but it’s a phrase we should all try to avoid.

The phrase disregards our “old” selves as if there was something wrong with them and they should therefore be left in the past. It encourages us to change, as if what we were wasn’t good enough.

What if you already like the person you are?

Lets instead resolve to be better versions of our same selves. New year, same me, am I right?

And just for fun, to prove Jan. 1 has no actual power or merit, other than forcing us to buy new calendars, lets start on any given day this year or next, because you can better yourself whenever the heck you decide to.

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