YOUNG VOICES: This year, let us resolve to be happy

2013-01-28T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: This year, let us resolve to be happyBy Grace Asiegbu nwitimes.com
January 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Less than one month ago, we as a world gathered together to turn the page on a year of our lives, closing the proverbial door of 2012 and flinging the door of 2013 wide open.

The most common thing would be to make New Year’s resolutions, and oftentimes they’re forgotten by Jan. 7.

At first, I resolved not to make any New Year’s resolutions, but then I realized that I had made a resolution to not make a resolution, therefore making a resolution, which is what I resolved not to do. All in all, it’s pretty redundant.

I thought about it a little longer, and I thought of something that seemed to make more sense. Instead of resolving not to resolve, resolve to resolve.

I resolved to make 2013 a better year for me not just academically, but also in all aspects of my life. That might sound very vague (and just a tad bit cliche), but you can’t go wrong. Whatever it happens to be for you, do it.

It might actually be losing weight or exercising more, for your health. For others, it might be making wiser financial decisions, or hanging out with more positive people, whatever constitutes “better” for each person.

2012 had its ups and downs. It might seem like the negatives outweighed the positives, and maybe even now 2013 already seems to be not so hot, but I encourage everyone to count their blessings, to look at the wonderful things they have in life. It’s too easy now to look at all of the things we don’t have and wish we could have those things, too, but what about all we do have?

Don’t get me wrong, I find myself thinking that way, also. But in 2013 I've decided that before I get down and pouty, I will take heart in the things I do have, the family I have, the friends I have, all of the things that make me happy. I urge everyone to do the same.

Since roughly 2008, the people of this country have been subjected to an unstable economy, mounting pressures in foreign affairs, terrible random acts of violence, and not enough random acts of kindness. We live in a crazy world, and it gets overwhelming at times.

No matter what the world may bring your way, we can all fight through it and come out on top. We are Americans, after all. It’s in our nature to be fighters for freedom, for justice, for happiness.

All in all, it seems like that’s exactly what I’m resolving to do in 2013, and in many years to come. I’m resolving to be happy.

Grace Asiegbu of Lynwood is a junior at Thornton Fractional South High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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