New Year, New You? What 20somethings Really Think About New Year’s Resolutions

Lindsey Washington
Lindsey Washington aka lindsanity to her friends can either be found roaming the city looking for shade or out with friends throwing shade. She is currently trying to work on her obsession with Lil Wayne and accepting the fact that they will probably never get married, also Drake.

I personally hate New Year’s. All the fuss for literally one second when the clock strikes midnight. Honestly, I don’t like this whole season. Christmas is an excuse to get people presents, when in reality I would like to receive presents at all times of the year. Then New Year’s in an excuse for people to “start over.”

What is it about the earth growing another year older that makes everybody wax poetic about the past and want to change his or her lives?

I decided to ask a group of people how they felt about the new year and what resolution they are attempting to keep.

For me, if you want to start anew, you just go to sleep, wake up and start making changes the next day. Most people I spoke to agreed.

I don’t have any New Year’s resolutions because I never keep them. My goal is to be my best self.

– Kymiel, 28

“I don’t believe in resolutions. I guess mine is to be more social, but that’s something I can start now.” – Brandon, 23


Rather than making a solid goal for yourself to achieve by X date or do Y every day, just say, “I’m going to make this change now.” Some people who I spoke to just wanted to continue on a path they were already going on, not necessarily pick up a completely new hobby or habit.

“No, I have no resolutions, except for maybe trying to make sure my job doesn’t kill me. I just want to make sure I can find time to go to the gym.” – Nora, 25

“I want to manage every resource that’s around me better than I have in the past and get my finances right.” – Kim

I want to continue to be a good person.

– Danny, 26

“My goal is to not stand in another taxi line.” – Lucy, 26


I do agree with this last one, taxi lines are the worst, but these kinds of things make sense to me. For example, I’d like to continue to focus on writing, continue to dedicate time to my blog, grow my hair another five inches, and learn to go bed before 4 a.m. on the weekends.

I want to work on my book and DRINK LESS.

– Delaney, 26


All of these are valid points. But why do we feel the need to wait until January 1 to try and change our lives? Why does the New Year evoke feelings of change and sometimes regret for people? 

Why do we always feel like we need to start anew? If we survived 2015, what makes us need to suddenly change what we are doing in 2016?

Well, we all have something we want to change at the start of the new year. Some more practical than others.

“Do less drugs.” – Anonymous, 25

“Find a boyfriend that isn’t married.” – Anonymous, 27


I second both of these motions.

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