School of Thought; New Year’s resolutions

Well, that was a complete bust. The Mayans were wrong. The world did not end, so I guess we better prepare ourselves for the New Year after all. Of course, that means we were better off for making our New Year’s resolutions. I tried coming up with my New Year’s resolutions and right off the bat my first resolution is: stop procrastinating. You may recall back in September I wrote about procrastination and considered why I do it. Well, as I write this column my deadline looms just hours away, so I guess I’ll have to tackle this resolution next month!

As I considered my resolutions further, I found that not only is it hard to keep a resolution, it’s pretty difficult to come up with them, too! I did, however, find it much easier to concoct resolutions for others, for example, a resolution for my brothers might be: stay out of Jack’s room when he’s studying — by the way, I’m almost always studying.

A good resolution for John Jay High School could be: people movers in the hallways. My daily sprint from AP Euro in Q building to Health class near the gym, for instance, would be far safer and a lot more fun with a moving sidewalk like those at the airport.

Next up, the sports world. A good one for the Yankees should be: Stock the clubhouse with generous amounts of Geritol!

For the NHL: end the lockout and give hockey back to the fans. As a New York Rangers fan, I couldn’t wait to see Rick Nash play for the Rangers and see if they could bring the Cup back to Madison Square Garden, but I guess I may now have to wait until next year.

Turning more serious, for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: work harder than ever to prevent concussions to current players and provide treatment for former players with head injuries. The amount of suicides, fatal illnesses and other difficulties related to head injuries in former NFL players is far too high. The NFL has an obligation to take care of its players and find ways to make the game safer, without losing the excitement of a big hit.

For my community, pick up where we left off with Sandy. I recently wrote how the silver lining of Hurricane Sandy was that it brought our town closer together. But, why wait until a natural disaster hits to come closer and help others? We had a very difficult fall. Let’s remember how we pulled together to support each other and continue that spirit all year round.

Finally, for President Barack Obama, though his list is long, please Mr. President follow through on this resolution for us kids: Lead us in a civil dialogue and create meaningful gun control to prevent more terrible tragedies like the one in Newtown.

I could go on but most important of all, I resolve to honor the memory of those we’ve lost and wish everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!


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