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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Residents reflect on meaning of New Year resolutions

Residents reflect on meaning of New Year resolutions

By Sara Escobar
It’s the time of the year that always seems to sneak up on us—New Year’s Day. The last 365 days we’ve lived through draws to a close, and a new, promising year lies ahead. For many, it’s a time of reflection and planning; for others, it’s a new challenge to tackle as we set new resolutions for ourselves.
The practice of making New Year resolutions has become most common in North America, but it happens all over the world. It’s believed that ancient Babylonians were the first people to hold celebrations in honor of the new year and make New Year resolutions, dating back to about 4,000 years ago. Historically, this time of the year has always been about resolve, introspection, and vowing to improve oneself. Even so, the transition to a new year means different things to different people.
“My New Year’s resolution is to become a more positive person,” says Harker Heights resident Stacey Hernandez. “You should always strive to be the best version of yourself because that’s what God intends for us to do. The new year isn’t that important to me because every day is a new opportunity to overcome our obstacles.”
“I don’t have a New Year’s resolution, actually,” said Killeen resident Christina Hays. “To me, the new year means saying goodbye to the past year and letting go of all the bad things that happened. That way, we can move forward with hope for a better year.”
“I would really like to make the resolution that I’ll get in shape and eat right. That probably won’t happen though because I really like sugar,” laughs Annie Dockery, who is actually the editor for the Evening Star. “Besides, at the first sight of fast food, I would have forgotten about that resolution anyways. Then, a whole whirlwind of regret would begin; in light of this reasoning, my New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to try and not do things that I will later regret,”
“I would like to work on developing my leadership skills and gaining more self-confidence,” says Shannon Myers, a correspondent for the Evening Star. “To me, the new year is a time of examining where I am now and where I want to be. You never know if the next year will be your last, so it’s important to live in the moment and cherish those around you. There’s no point in achieving your goals if you can’t enjoy the journey to accomplish them,”
My personal resolution has always been to make each year better than the last. That can’t ring truer for 2017; I’ve earned my associates degree in broadcasting, and I’ve been blessed with the fulfilling opportunity to write these articles for the Evening Star. It is my belief that following your dreams is imperative for a happy life, no matter what might try and stop you—always keep going.
From the staff at the Evening Star to our readers, may the new year blesses you with nothing but success, happiness, and opportunity.


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