by: Shelby Mitchell/News and Opinion Editor
Every year, January first looms over our heads, reminding us how much of the year we have wasted. People begin making their resolutions – perhaps no longer lists as often as simply posting what corrections and additions they would like to make to their lives in the coming year. Every year, the routine continues. People put off the changes they would like to make and state that they will begin in the new year, sometimes even still pushing those changes back even after the first has come and passed. Excuses pile up, and still, the changes have not been made. The idea of the New Year’s Resolution is just another reason to put off until tomorrow what you can do today. When people make their lists and plan to start the alterations, it is typically because they would like just a little bit more time with the habits that they know they should eventually shed but find particularly difficult giving up right away. Quitting cold turkey seems daunting – no one realizes they have a bad habit and immediately works to rid themselves of it. They get to it gradually, after giving it long consideration, sometime spending a bit too much time on how much they will miss it or how difficult it will be to change. However, all of this can be avoided. Scrap the resolution lists, skip the “to-do”s and get straight to it. There is no time like the present. If you find yourself thinking, “I need to stop smoking,” then drop the cigarette next time you pick it up. If you want to be healthier, do not opt straight to fast food for dinner. If you want to be kinder to others, practice your patience and understanding in the very next conversation you hold. When you get straight to the tasks you wish to accomplish, when you make the changes to better your life, you will become happier with yourself and be able to get straight to living life how you wish to.