Student voices: A new year brings new hopes
With 2011 gone in the wind, we can greet 2012 with new hopes and expectations. New Years Eve was the time to reflect and give the year its pass or fail. No matter how good or bad it ended up being, in the end it wouldn't stop the new year from coming around and washing it all away.
A new year brings forth a new beginning and a second chance for everyone. Even if you feel like you don't deserve it, it will be granted to you with the respect that you will do the right thing with it. That means change for yourself to be a better person or continuing to be the good person you already are.
In the end 2011 doesn't even matter. It's in the past and there's nothing you can do to change it, but one good does come from it. Take the lessons you had from the year and learn from them. If you can at least do that, then no year could ever be a complete failure. When you take what you learn and turn your mistakes and failures into something you can judge your actions by, it can make a world of a difference to you as well as the people around you.
Whether you plan to party harder, party less, lose weight, or learn to just enjoy life more, a resolution is a resolution. The key to success is to stick with the plan from the start. Every goal has a start and end. But in the middle, the key is to have the will power to stick with it. There will always be the wall to overcome. It could be fear or another obstacle, but in the end it could be the difference between meeting your own expectations or failing miserably. It's a choice no one but you can make.
No matter how you type, text, or say it, a new year is a fresh start. It means that after all is said and done, you can still achieve whatever you want. It's a state of mind that some people are in desperate need of. It's the timed solution that can set you up for success or failure on all your own terms. It's the means to a better future for yourself and to the people you share it with. So Happy New Year to you and to your second chance.
Hannah Seitzinger is a student at Farmington High School. Her column appears every other week.