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January 12, 2013

Teenhood Today: Broken resolutions can be fixed

Chances are that all of your New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. 

Maybe not all of you, a few people may have been really smart and kept their resolutions to “smile at least once this year,” “eat at least one piece of fruit this year,” or “continue breathing this year.” And if a joke was told, fruit was served, and your respiratory system worked for at least a few seconds at the New Year’s party after the ball dropped, you succeeded. 

To those of you who did this, I tip my hat and congratulate you on making your resolutions easy and doable. To the rest of you who have already broken yours, maybe don’t set your goals so high next time. 

Let’s face it, we can’t be nice to everybody every second of the day, we can’t eat healthy every meal, and we most likely won’t end up running 50 miles a day with a water buffalo tied to our backs to add extra weight. The truth hurts. 

The funny thing about New Year’s resolutions is that they’re usually the same thing year after year and are usually broken very soon after the ball drops. 

“I promise to enjoy life more and always be more — wait? What? The ball dropped? It’s the New Year? I missed it?! Well this is worthless! Why am I even here…” See? It’s barely the New Year and this poor fellow has already broken his resolution. 

That’s another thing. New Year’s resolutions are often things that we have minimum control over. You want to enjoy life more? OK. But true joy is finding something good to be thankful about in the worst of situations. True joy is when you’re faced with some of the hardest problems and you still smile, make other people smile, and let absolutely nothing turn your mood sour. That’s true joy.

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