Our Thoughts: Teenagers and New Year’s Resolutions

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A common practice for the New Year is the creation of personal resolutions. Resolutions are personal pacts you make with yourself to eliminate things you feel held you back from happiness or success in the past year.

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A common practice for the New Year is the creation of personal resolutions. Resolutions are personal pacts you make with yourself to eliminate things you feel held you back from happiness or success in the past year.

For many this is a practice that involves maturity, dedication and faith. So, can a teenager have resolutions?

I asked some of my friends about their experience with resolutions, and how meaningful are they to their lives.

“Resolutions last at least three months,” one friend laughed. “It’s like giving yourself false hope.”

While this is the common perception among other teens I asked, one did not think this way.

“I always make resolutions. I try to make resolutions monthly actually. They help me stay focused on something,” said another friend.

Personally, I’ve lost hope in the success of resolutions. I too only follow my resolutions for about two to three months and consider them a waste of time. However, one of my classmates had a valid point. The issue with resolutions is not the difficulty, but the dedication.

“I know I have a lot of things to change, but it’s easier to keep doing what I’m doing than to change,” said yet another friend.

Everyone has something they can change. The first step is convincing yourself you’ll be much better when you do.

At least I plan to.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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