Teen’s New Year’s Resolutions

Gema is a 17-year old from Miami, FL. She is obsessed with writing and reading young adult fiction and hopes to one day be a published author.

It may just be a hunch, but I think my television is trying to tell me something. The channels flick between holiday movies and political drama and always seem to land on a commercial, infomercial or countdown on the best weight loss of the year 2008. Now, either my television wants me to lose weight, or people in the weight-business had an advertisement epiphany over the holidays. The idea spread like a disease throughout the holidays. “I want to lose weight next year.” Of course, that line was usually followed by a giant slice of pumpkin pie and liters of soda at the ready. Holiday parties were saturated with treats so ungodly to our health that our organs had a priests on speed dial. Yet party goers refused to put the forks down. “Next year,” they said, “Losing weight will be my New Year’s resolution.”

There’s no arguing that New Year’s resolutions are beneficial. A new year is more than a turn of a page, it’s an entirely new calendar. New year, new life, new goals. But let’s face it, not many resolutions live to see Valentine’s Day. Resolutions are forgotten in the vortex of weekend parties and midnight snacks until the next weight loss pill advertisement comes out of hibernation in June. Summer is the invasion of infomercials’ exercise machines and magical pills that will sculpt your body to look like a Greek god or goddess. Suddenly the gyms are packed and salads are cool again.. Then comes autumn with Thanksgiving at its heels and the cycle begins once again.

With this said, I say we all add another resolution to our list: keep our resolutions; our goals. It is refreshing to see people recognize what is missing in their lives (like a healthy lifestyle, for example) and proceed to fix it. But what is so depressing is the constant failures. Just imagine watching a cheerleader’s smile fade away halfway through a routine because she messed up and then walking off the basketball court because she’s given up. That’s what it looks like when someone has abandoned their goal within weeks. 2009 is not January. It also includes February, March, April and so on. We have twelve months, 52 weeks, 365 days to fulfill our goals. And if that’s not enough, we have the year after that. This goes for everything, not just weight loss. Some of my classmates’ resolutions include:

-Listening to other people, not just hearing

-Getting better grades

-Score a date with Edward Cullen

Granted, some might argue that the third goal might be impossible either because Edward is taken or, well, he doesn’t exist (to some). But it doesn’t mean that the person can’t work at meeting someone with the qualities that make Edward Cullen attractive. Getting better grades might involve doing homework or paying someone smarter to do them for you. (Not that I advise it). Listening to people might be as simple as paying attention. Resolutions are not impossible. They should be a daily activity. They were not meant to be forgotten or scheduled by seasonal commercials. Like daydreams and childish fantasies, goals and resolutions belong only to us. They are for us to handle and experience and they’ll only come true if we choose to make them real.

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