New Year’s day is coming up this Friday, marking the end to a long and grueling year. But as we begin 2021, there is new hope of healing for the community.
If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that we have the resolve to endure the challenges life throws our way. My hope for Saline County is that we can take this resolve and carry it into 2021 to help us achieve our own personal and professional goals. So, here are 5 New Year resolutions to consider:
1. Live Life to the Fullest
Living life to the fullest can be a perfect New Year resolution. That doesn’t mean every moment of your life has to be spectacular or exciting. It just means that if you’ve been badly wanting to dye your hair lime green but you’ve been nervous to do it—well, go out and do it! Don’t be afraid to experiment. Set aside time from your busy schedule to relax. Read the book you’ve been wanting to read. Take a walk outside and enjoy the sunshine.
2. Get Organized
Take a few minutes each day to clean or declutter. It may seem simple, but keeping a tidy room can help you feel less stressed and distracted. Give away old clothes and items you don’t need. Recycle the water bottles left on your desk and create a clutter-free workspace!
3. Learn a New Language
Knowing a second language isn’t just a great quality for your resume–it can introduce you to the culture that is tied to a language and help to give you insight into the people who speak it. It can also help to arm you with the skills you need to travel to new places and meet new friends! Although it takes time and dedication, even devoting just 10 minutes a day can be beneficial.
4. Live a Healthier Lifestyle
Improving health is probably the most popular New Year resolution on this list, and for good reason! Whether it’s exercising, starting a healthy diet, or even just getting a full night’s sleep, working on physical health can help you keep a positive mental state. Experiment with new and healthy foods! Go to the gym with a friend!
5. Be a Role Model
Everyone has people that look up to them. Friends, younger siblings or cousins, or even people you don’t know–chances are someone looks to you as an example. Have integrity–that is, be honest and trustworthy. Have faith in yourself, and stand for what you believe in. There’s only one “you,” so be the best version of you that you can be!
If you’d like to share your New Year resolutions, please list them below in the comments! Happy New Year!
Anna Colby is a high school senior. She enjoys consuming ungodly amounts of green tea and banging her head on her desk until a new idea pops into her mind and she can write once again. She also enjoys petting her dog. See a list of all her columns at www.mysaline.com/anna.