By Sarah Hively
I am not a New Year’s resolution type of person. There’s something already so overwhelming about beginning a new year, a new semester, and while a resolution can be great the first three weeks, after that it’s just... eh. But I made two for myself this year. Two that were not “to lose weight”, “to drink a gallon of water every day”, or “to ride my bike to work once a week” (all great goals, for the record). Instead, I focused in on the one thought I kept coming back to the entirety of the previous semester - time is moving too fast. It’s weird, when you’re in the middle of things, everything seems to drag by. But then suddenly, you realize how fast everything is zooming by, and boy, does nostalgia hit hard.
I’m at this weird impasse where I feel like I’m old, but really I am still so young. But time is moving fast. And I want to remember these times. So, my resolutions were created.
First, to keep a “happiness journal”. This consists of writing at least one thing every single day that made me happy, although it has quickly evolved to multiple things, both big and
small. And absolutely nothing negative. Sometimes it’s as simple as doing a face mask. But it’s something that made me happy that day. I’ve loved being able to go back and read what happened one, two, three, four, five months ago. It brings back all of
the good memories and none of the bad.
Secondly, utilizing an app entitled “1 Second Everyday”. I never, ever spend money on apps. But somehow, this seemed worth the $5. An acquaintance from high school had done this the previous year and I thought it was so cool. I showed everyone her year long creation, even people that didn’t know her. I just thought it was the cutest thing. So I started it January 2nd (yeah, the fact that I didn’t start it January 1st will forever bug me) and I’ve done it every day since. The link to what I have so far is: https://youtu.be/lRs0C65QWXc and I would highly recommend this app to everyone.
Mildred Barthel once said, “Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.” By looking for the good in a day, by capturing our memories, we can choose to keep the good,
and maybe, just for a quick snippet every day, slow down time.