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Journal Writing Project My 2012 New Year's resolution


Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Maybe it's just my generation, but I've realized that nothing seems very personal anymore. When I want to talk to someone, I send them a text message. If it's really important I might call them, but I never get in my car and drive to someone's house just to chat like people used to. I think I take for granted the convenience of technology like cell phones, Facebook, and Skype, and I don't really go out of my way to connect with people in person.

I take more than that for granted, though. I take for granted the fact that I have a warm house to come home to, even after seeing houses in the area that were destroyed in seconds by a tornado. I take for granted the food on my table, and I forget to appreciate the work my parents do to provide me with so much.

I take more than that for granted, though. We're now in 2012, technology has changed the world, and there are endless opportunities out there. Why don't I take them? Why don't you take them? I'll be attending college in the fall, and that's the first big opportunity I'll be taking hold of. If I wouldn't go to college, the number of opportunities available to me would greatly decrease. I wouldn't be eligible for many jobs, and I would miss a tremendous life experience.

As I've been trying to make some very difficult decisions about my future I've been realizing just how much I take for granted. I forget that some people don't have the option to go to college, some people don't get enough to eat every night, and some people don't have a warm bed to sleep in.

I've never really made a New Year's resolution before, but I've decided to make one this year. I will stop taking things for granted. I will be thankful for every single opportunity that arises, whether it's a part-time job that opens up or getting accepted to a college I'd like to attend. Another thing I'm going to stop taking for granted is technology. Sure, it's very convenient, but you can't build relationships off of text massages and the occasional phone call. I will quit texting and go talk to people. My 2012 New Year's resolution? To be grateful for everything my life has given me.

Bailey Hanson is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its thirteenth year.

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