Happy New Year, it’s finally 2024!

Happy New Year, it’s finally 2024!

#TeenEssay

 

I always love the New Year for many reasons:

  • I feel refreshed and ready to take on my school’s finals
  • I have my sisters back in town for some much-needed bonding, and finally
  • There is always a sense of renewal.

You can probably find students (myself included) saying “this semester is going to be better for my grades” or maybe “this semester I’m moving friend groups.”

Every year, I wrestle with why we can’t make these statements or goals year-round? Or rather, why goals on any old day have less dedication and purpose behind them?

New Year’s is just a day. This year it was a Monday. But I’m beginning to reason with these questions by looking at the things that make New Year’s Day special: Family. Friends. The joy and spirit of the entire Holiday Season.

In most cases, I hope people are always surrounded by a bit more magic, love, and comfort during the last two months of the year. And this translates directly to self-esteem and our ability to turn that care inward. It is often our friends and family that believe we can do more, be more, hope for more. This is the well of support available to tap into. And a holiday brings that bubbling source closer to you, literally within reach.

I make goals to better myself. I complete goals when I have the strength and belief in myself. I would be lying if I said I was always confident in my abilities. So that’s where my family comes in. My cheerleader sisters. My enthusiastic uncles. My dedicated mother. They push me forward and celebrate with me.

I hope this new year we can all find these sources of strength, support, and love.

 

Elisabeth Dellit is an 11th Grader at Jesuit High School. She enjoys reading, writing creative stories, baking/cooking and participating in her school’s drama program.