With the sparkle of the New Year fading, along with people’s resolutions, a return to reality seems inevitable.
Spring is coming and many individuals who began the year with high hopes have had to abandon their goals and accept things as they are.
It’s hard to stay on track with seemingly meaningless goals, especially when life gets in the way, and the life of a student can be especially hectic.
Jordan Marriott, a 21-year-old Behavioural Science student at Ambrose University, is not a goal-oriented person, but this year might be different.
Marriott is a new member of a young adults church group in Calgary, and this year she decided that she is going to go to every weekly gathering.
“It is just something I wanted to do, so I had to force myself to do it as a New Years resolution, but I consider it more of a timeline than a goal,” she said.
I just know I won’t do something unless I’ve been considering for a while, then I just make a change and adjust to make it possible. – Jordan Marriott
The last resolution that Marriott set for her self was in 2014, and she accomplished it with minimal complaints, but she noticed that it did become a chore after a while.
Eric Hogan, a 21-year-old, gives his resolutions the old college try but they typically fizzle out after a few weeks.
This January he had set out to drink less alcohol, but he said, “that ended pretty quickly.”
He said he just falls back into old habits, which he takes as a sign that it wasn’t something he wanted that badly in the first place.
On the other side of things, Javan Green, a petroleum-engineering graduate, said that he sets goals but doesn’t believe in New Years resolutions.
“I set out to do what I want whenever I want to, and it doesn’t matter if it’s New Years or not,” He said.
Green said that resolutions are meant to be realistic goals, and if you actually want to make the change, you will.
Jade Groot is a psychology major at the University of Calgary.
“Generally I never take [resolutions] seriously in the beginning,” he said, but over time they just become a part of his daily life.
He says the way he reaches his goals is simple. He “plans out the steps it takes to get there and takes them on one at a time.”
Setting goals is seemingly daunting, and reaching them is another battle, but knowing yourself, and what motivates you is the first step, and then finding a tangible solution to reach it.
Megan Whitehead in her home in Calgary on March 1, 2018. She is a goal setting person, and likes to plan for the future. Whitehead mentioned that she would like to use 2018 as a year of organization. She wants to be more organized, and “put together” since she is graduating from the University of Calgary Nursing program in the spring. (Photo by Amy Nopper/The Press)