Resolutions We Might Actually Keep

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I’m going to start hitting the gym. I’ll quit smoking. I promise to do my best not to lie. All of the things I’ve been putting off at work are going to happen this time. I know that I’m going to change.

We all tell ourselves that we’re planning on big changes and resolutions in the New Year, but how likely are they? BTRtoday staffers share the resolutions that they think they’ll actually hold onto.

My NYE resolution is to challenge Trump voters, and apologists alike, every step of the way. The very thought of living in a retrograde, archaic society-one in which human and civil rights that were fought for over a very long period could be at risk-terrifies me. In my view, voting for Trump was an unacceptable action that rejects the principles of democracy, human rights and civil rights. The goal will be to hold these individuals accountable, challenge their views and hopefully open up a few minds to new ideas. I feel this is imperative and I’m pretty sure I can keep this one. – Ubah Bulale

Honestly, my NYE resolution is to just not fucking die. Trump is in power, there’s no cure for Zika, hate crimes are becoming more frequent, the police officers are trigger happy, our drinking water is in danger of being polluted with oil, and rape is ok if you’re a white male and good at sports. I feel like I’m missing a bunch, but yeah, so like, the odds are against me… – Elena Childers

Usually, I think that New Year’s resolutions are pretty lofty and pointless. Whenever I hear somebody declare that they’re going to get in shape, or eat healthier, or kick a bad habit, I tend to roll my eyes. This year, however, I’ve come up with a sincere resolution that I actually hope to keep. I’d really like to try to practice a certain amount of mindfulness and presence that I don’t ordinarily bring to my day-to-day life. I tend to engage in a lot of anxious and obsessive thinking, and I’d really like to find a way to curb that in 2017. I think I’ll be a happier and healthier person! We’ll see. – Rebecca Chodorkoff

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. In 2017, some things I intend to do are: create a weekly ritual, travel somewhere outside of my comfort zone, immerse myself more culturally into the NYC scene, journal more often, read more often, learn a new recipe (that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to cook for someone!), listen better, break a bad habit (leaving myself too little time to get ready), letting go of the belief that I need to have everything figured out, letting go of toxic thoughts and behaviors. All of these resolutions transcend to my main goal–becoming a more self-aware and well-rounded individual. – Cassidy Colarik

I’m not big on patting myself on the back, but I’ve grown a lot in 2016. I’ve kept (and so far held) my first paying writing gig, I moved out of my parents’ house, and I’ve left behind a great deal of resentment and pain that was holding me back. With all the personal change and growth that’s occurred, I’d like to continue growing in 2017, but this time as a physical being. I’m 5’9” (5’9 3/4” on a good day), which is just tall enough to be average height, but just short enough to keep me wondering what could be (cue Skee-Lo). I realize I stopped sprouting four or five years ago, and that any physical growth from here on out will be horizontal and not vertical, but hey, a man can dream right? – Joe Virgillito

This is going to sound corny as fuck, but this year I really intend to learn to let go of anger. There are so many little things that set me off and human error is just natural and I have no power over things I cannot control. So why waste my time getting upset over my mom’s snarky comments, rude assholes on the subway or fake, flakey friends? By taking steps to becoming a better human being I hope other people will see that anger doesn’t resolve anything. It’s natural to feel angry and it’s okay to feel angry, but there’s no need to act off of it or fuel yourself with negative thoughts. Namaste. – Irina Groushevaia