It's finally here! 2013! We've survived the apocalypse, the fiscal cliff and even "Gangnam Style." Another year is in the history books and a new one lies on the horizon, waiting to be conquered. While 2012 was fun while it lasted, I can honestly say I've never been more excited to buy a new calendar.
The past year has been a crazy one. The presidential election dominated all conversations and commercial breaks while tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting rekindled the debate over gun control and other issues.
The sports world saw the MLB's first Triple Crown winner since 1967, a conclusion to Lebron James' journey for an NBA title, the excitement and patriotism of the London Olympics and Linsanity. Rapper 2 Chainz ruled the radio while Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" gained immense popularity through the Internet.
While 2012 was undoubtedly a memorable year, I feel it was moving at 100 mph. It feels like just yesterday I watched on as the ball dropped in Times Square to end 2011. Hopefully 2013 will be more calm and relaxing: a breath of fresh air.
In fact, I think 2013 should be a complete change-up from the past year, starting with a new Jared. I noticed many of my bad habits in 2012 and it's time to fix that! Out with the old and in with new. New Jared, that is.
New Jared is going to get things done. No more procrastinating like Old Jared! Whether it's school assignments, chores or even college applications later in the year, New Jared will take initiative and spend his time wisely. The stress of pending deadlines was too much in 2012.
New Jared will live in the moment! The past year has been filled with a lot of long-term planning but not much immediate satisfaction.
Of course it's important to look to the future but I can always plan tomorrow. Once today is gone I can't get it back, because as we learned in 2012, YOLO (you only live once).
Old Jared had little to no sleep schedule, going to bed at a range of times between 1 o'clock and 3 o'clock every night. New Jared, however, will stick to a specific schedule. No more late nights followed by sleeping in class. My head needs to spend more time on my pillow, and less time on my desk.
Even though it's a small change, New Jared will eat slower. Old Jared finished too many meals only to feel sick afterward. A slower approach will make me feel full before eating too much food. Maybe talking more at meals would help, though it may take some effort to hold a conversation with my mom's delicious chicken parmesan sitting in front of me.
Lastly, New Jared will read more books. In my landslide of school work, Old Jared never got time to read for pleasure but New Jared will find time. I received four new books for Christmas that I can't wait to start and hope to finish by the end of 2013.
I wish New Jared could be a little taller, drive a Mustang and maybe live on the beach, but some things are out of my control.
All joking aside, a new year brings new opportunities. It is a fresh start for those who need it and a time to reflect for those who don't. When the clock struck midnight on Monday, we were all granted an invaluable gift: the chance to forget about the past and look toward the future.