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Another New Year, Another New Resolution!

Posted on 30 December 2011 by admin

With large amounts of scrunched up wrapping paper, turkeys  and eggnog cartoons finally laid to rest in recycling bins or bulging bellies, holiday fans are slowly snapping out of their Christmas food coma’s to realize that 2012 is already peaking its head from around the corner.  In anticipation of the official ten second ‘countdown,’ many holiday celebrators often take this brief intermission between Christmas and New Year to assess the success or failures of the resolutions they’ve made only twelve months ago.


Whether it was a promise to lose weight, quit smoking, or to merely spend less, the long list of the usual resolution topics has floated around consistently from our interviewees into three common areas of interest: health, finance and kicking bad habits. As many of these resolutions are frequently derived from a necessity to self improve and change one’s lifestyle, it is not surprising that New Year promises are often formed with the overall betterment of oneself in mind rather than others.  For many, it is merely a reminder to put yourself first.


For 25 year old Sharda Persaud making resolutions was never a tradition she followed or even cared about trying until after graduating college. “The necessity to buy my own things and do my own things is what motivated me” explains, Ms. Persaud. “When I started working after college, I said that every year that I would start saving more and more money, so I don’t have to rely on my parents and I can pay for my own things.”


Much like Ms. Persaud, Michelle Sankar, describes her initial resolution blossoming from an overall need to make a change in her life. However, for Ms. Sankar the need to change arose not from financial reasons but from a more personal need.  “My first resolution was made at the age of 24 (kind of late I know). I was prompted to make the resolution due to feeling dissatisfied with myself and wanted to develop my personal interests further. I followed through because I had recently gotten out of a relationship and realized that I had lost my own way of life and was living my ex’s life which was sedentary and unhealthy. I wanted to change that and be totally different. I wanted to have something positive that would take a large portion of my time.”


As both Ms. Persaud and Ms. Sankar relay the success of these resolutions to our Generation Next reporter, their success is not often shared by the great many that are often unable to complete their resolutions.  Pat Lekhraj, an Executive Assistant and a mother of three, explains that her hectic work and home schedule often affects her goals each year. “Every year I make the same resolutions. Get my driver’s license and lose weight and I never make the time to accomplish any!” As Ms. Lekhraj continues to make the same resolution each year since she was 25 she chuckles lightheartedly about her determination to keep on trying as the necessity to change still remains. “Put it this way, I am 39 and I still don’t have a driver’s license!”

Ken Katryan, a 28 year old Horse Trainer and Owner describe similar feelings of just being too busy to carry through on his resolutions. “I’ve made a New Year’s resolution before but never kept one of them” replies Mr. Katryan to Generation Next. “I don’t know what makes me do resolutions each year but I do. It was a couple of years ago that I started making resolutions when I started to put on some weight.”


For many like, Ms. Lekhraj the failure of following through on a resolution is not what any person really hopes for. The initial passion to complete a resolution is often carried through and often gradually lost over time. Mr. Katryan explains that “I would usually follow through on my resolutions for the first month, then with work and not going to the gym and being busy prevents me in the end.”


As the constant failure of a resolution can eventually become depressing or discouraging for some, it is sometimes better to pick a more short term and simple resolution. Mr. Pokhrel, a 28 year old Social Service Worker reiterates his belief in making goals that are not only doable but easier to accomplish each year. “I was 17 years old when I made my first resolution. I had just come to Canada from Nepal. I never made resolutions in Nepal, only when I arrived here in Canada. It is a more popular tradition here. Some of the resolutions that worked for me like applying for college, and keeping my grades up were some of the more successful resolutions I made.” With keeping his goals to more practical and specific targets, Mr. Pokhrel is able to use his smaller achievements as platforms for some bigger resolutions he has his sights on. “It’s all about focus. If you focus on what your resolution is and not feel restricted to a year to achieve it, then it is possible.”


As 2011 slowly expires with each passing day, the pressure for new beginnings and promises are in full effect for the upcoming 2012 year. Whether it is to shed a few pounds, build up your bank account or merely kick that annoying habit the common advice offered from all our participants was unanimous regardless of age and sex: whatever you make for a resolution, make sure that it keeps you in mind first because in 2012 you’ll need it!

By Anna Katryan

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