New Year, new me

Alongside the arrival of the New Year, differences in views and opinions soon follow.


Katie Quirke

The 2022 New Year sparks opinions about resolutions.

New Year’s Eve is a holiday that people can put their own personal spin on. Some enjoy celebrating the end of the year and the start of a new one; some make resolutions, some party, some may do a self-care/spiritual ritual and some people may relax on their own. 

The different views on this time of year vary, and some may perceive the New Year as any other day while others enjoy going all out for it. 

 According to AgeCare, the New Year is the one holiday when a celebration is unknown. Whether to review last year’s achievements and personal growth or celebrate new beginnings remains unanswered. 

“The New year doesn’t mean as much to me like most people,” sophomore Klaudia Dorado said. “I don’t really feel like it brings a ‘fresh start.’ I feel you bring new beginnings when you choose to.”

It is common for others to consider the start of a New Year as a fresh beginning and a perfect time to begin new habits such as working out; others see it as a worthy opportunity to create a clean slate. 

According to CountryLiving, the three most popular New Year’s resolutions consist of people wanting to improve their physical health by eating better or working out more often. 

Some people favor this time of year because they can make a new goal, such as getting healthy and fit, whereas others may not agree with such a plan.

“I don’t make New Year’s resolutions,” English teacher Jamie D’Andrea said. “Frankly, I am usually annoyed by people who do because those people who resolve to get in shape end up getting in the way of those people who’ve been working out at the gym the whole year. I do believe in the concept of a resolution, though.” 

New Year’s resolutions might not be for everyone, and for some people, making short-term goals might be more beneficial to meet their long-term goals.

“I appreciate that New Year’s provides people with the opportunity to start making progress towards bettering themselves,” D’Andrea said. “I’m more into making those resolves whenever the time comes, though; waiting until Jan. 1 to start doing or being something different is silliness; begin improving the minute you realize what you want to change and how you want to change it.”

Although the beginning of the year is an easy time to have a fresh slate and new beginnings, so is any other day. Starting something new or setting goals in the middle of the week, month or year are also great times to crowd the gym.

Resolutions might be a tradition for some people, but others may hold on to traditions. For example, some people like to wear a precise color, toast at midnight and have a specific dinner they serve on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. 

According to WomansDay, there are a few different colors people like wearing on New Year’s Eve that can bring good luck, prosperity and many more positive things: red brings luck, while white brings new beginnings.

As the new year begins and another ends, it can be paramount to remember some valuable things and people in life. 

“To me, New Year’s is very important,” junior Lexi Dalton said. “I lost my grandpa on New Year’s Day, so I get to think of him a little more at the start of every year.”

Spending the New Year as a regular day, a day to start fresh, make new goals, a day of reflecting, celebrating or as a day to remember those who have passed could be the purpose of the holiday.

There are many different ways to view and spend this one day out of the year; trying something new can lead anywhere and might be something to think about for the year to come.