Resolutions / by Didier Young

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New year, New me. As we bid adieu to a very interesting 2016, we partake into another big cultural tradition: New Year resolutions. Each January, we choose some goals we would love to achieve throughout the year and we try our best to adhere to them. As a global community being influenced by the same social pressures and beliefs, we do tend to have a somewhat mainstream list of goals we would like to tick off our check lists. However, how realistic are the goals we set and how likely are we to achieve them?

As an animal species, humans work best in herds and with a collective mind. During teenagehood, we feel the repercussions of peer pressure and all throughout our lives, we fall prey to the influence of advertisements and our environment. We believe that we need specific attributes or things in life to be happy or successful. This in turn results in goals that we set for ourselves that we wish to attain to mark different milestones of happiness. New Year always acts as a catalyst for our goal making. Often, we promise ourselves that we will go to the gym more often and become fit. We decide to work towards better jobs or to be nicer to our kins. However there are a couple of factors that most of us do not take into consideration. 

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Sometimes we approach resolution making with a Go Big or Go Home mentality. In our attempts to reach for the stars, we set ourselves for failure. Instead of vowing to have the body fat percentage of a runway model within the span of a few months, perhaps we should simply draft a long term plan of minimal gains that we may be looking to achieve. Results take time to be seen when it comes to working out, and by setting yourself smaller weekly goals, perhaps it will allow you to pace yourself for the long run. You will notice how gyms tend to be absolutely packed for the first few weeks of January after which the numbers rapidly dwindle as people fail to notice significant changes. Patience is a virtue and it is well rewarded in the end.

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Now, one also needs to know their limits. You cannot wake up one New Year’s day and decide that you will become an astronaut and be the first person to land on Mars. Lets keep it all in the realm of realizable possibilities. For example, I would not be saying that I would forgo shopping for the whole year and simply recycle through the pieces I already have in my wardrobe. However, I will try to reduce the amount I usually purchase and simply focus on a couple of key pieces to add to my wardrobe. I have also come to the realization that no matter what, I always end up discarding the H&M and Zara pieces in my wardrobe when it comes time for a closet clean. Those pieces simply do not stand the test of time and as such, one of my resolutions is to try to avoid purchasing fast fashion and trendy items henceforth.

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It is now time to lift our champagne glasses up in the air to toast a year gone by and another full of prospects to come. Remember that no resolution is too small: if it makes sense to you then that is all that matters. For now, I shall sign off and wish you the happiest of New Years.

-Didier

 

Coat: Topman/ Sweatshirt: Weekday/ Scarf: Yves Saint Laurent/ Pants: Everlane/ Boots: J.Crew