Welcome to 2011! I’ll bet you can’t believe how fast the years go by, right? This is crazy — I mean, we know it’s coming, but upon its arrival we tend to put pressure on ourselves to set goals for the upcoming year, especially goals that we did not get to accomplish in previous years. And, of course, we party like rock stars to celebrate the New Year.
We can view the year ahead as something to look forward to, or we can sulk in our sorrows about what we haven’t accomplished yet. The late columnist/author Bill Vaughan had a saying: “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
Which are you? I asked some locals in the Atlantic City region to give me their views on the New Year and what it means to them. Here are their responses.
“Every day, every year is just another opportunity to have a positive effect on someone’s life. God has two things for us to do in this world — experience the creation he has given to you, and help people along their own journeys.” — Will Ilkow
“It used to be a much bigger deal when we were younger, but when you get older you realize you may not accomplish those resolutions. It’s human nature to start optimistic, but life gets in the way so not everything is that easy. It’s better to set measurable goals that are attainable so you can feel good about yourself.” — Megan Foster
“New year, new chances, new choices!” — Mary Moyer
“I try not to make any new resolutions, but instead try to be a better person than I was the year before. I like the idea of a fresh start and a new beginning!” — Tara Septynski Williams
“Que sera sera. 2010 — my year of learning valuable lessons, embracing excellence and enduring malevolence. Closing one bittersweet chapter and looking forward to opening another with positive changes and healthy new experiences. When the music changes, so does the dance.” — Margo Pisnoy
“I think it’s a great time to start something new. Diets, exercise, quit smoking, new job and all the other obvious ones. There’s a sense of comfort for me knowing my slate is cleared and a fresh start has begun. Personally I’m taking with me what I learned, went through and don’t want to repeat into the New Year, and the rest can stay in 2010.” — Jen Chambers
“This is a time when many people are thinking of something new or a new beginning. If we aren’t where we thought we’d be from a year ago, or even five years ago, we should consider making a change in our course, make a change in what we do because what we did didn’t produce desired results, and draw on the talents of others because there is strength in numbers. You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great.” — Michael McLaughlin
“My night was filled with dancing, laughing then cradling a toilet and eventually blacking out. Though vodka royally beat my ass, I learned a lesson for my 2011 resolution — never drinking to the point of it damaging my health. Thanks to the people who helped me. Overall, at least I got my first kiss of 2011 and fell even harder. Everything happens for a reason.” — Samantha Schiumo
“I’m hoping for good things this year for me and my family! I hope that things will get a little easier for us too. I hope this will be our year!” — Danielle Vega
“Hopefully it means more people will learn to eat healthier and exercise and seek guidance to help them learn how to reach their goals.” — Nancy Giardina Adler
So as you reflect on your past and how you want to live right now and into the future, think about what 2011 means to you and how you will accomplish all of the realistic goals you set for yourself. Have a great New Year!
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