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What Does The New Year Mean To You?

By GARRICK SEE

Are you one of those people who strive to make new resolutions each year, only to be complacent and not follow through at all? Then, you have officially joined the rest of the 99% of people who do the exact same thing you do. I’ll admit it’s a good feeling to be able to think that we can start a brand new slate with a new year ahead but it’s not always as easy as it looks.

I am living proof that for the past 20 out of 21 years I have made my resolutions and set it in stone, only to find out that it was a very breakable stone to begin with. I never had the drive or ambition to go forward with the plans I intended to do. Year after year, it was just a routine for me to blow off all my goals and be stagnant in the same spot.

This year, however, something changed in me that I never thought would happen, especially not to me. I fell in love with running. It was a freak of nature to think that I would actually consider running to be part of my life, but it did. It all started back in last summer when a roommate of mine, you know who you are, asked me to go run with him. Seeing as I was only being a couch potato and playing video games all day, I ended up panting my lungs out after just a mile or two.

From that moment on, I knew I had to change the way I lived and so I decided to run a little day-by-day and now it has become a natural thing for me to do. Running basically took over my life to a point that I will be competing my first ever full marathon in LA in March and I am really looking forward to it.

Along with that, I have set out a goal for this year to run 1,000 miles and I intend to accomplish that in the best way I can. It just goes to show that if you really want to make a change in your life drastically, sometimes you just have to take the plunge and see where it takes you.

I know that you may be scared or undetermined if you can actually accomplish them or not but if you don’t try, you’ll never know. It’s kind of a cliché, but a very true one. People who don’t take risks will never amount to anything higher than what they already have at this moment and I hope that each and everyone of you will not be in that group. I want you to succeed and I know you can do it if you really put not only effort, but your heart into it as well.

Don’t believe me? Just try it.

Published January 16, 2013 in Global Perspectives

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