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Gen next says au revoir to resolutions

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Till a few years ago it was sort of a craze for youngsters to make resolutions, only to break them.

Free spirit: Contrary to what the older generation perceived, the gen next refuses to get tied down to the New Year resolutions.
Free spirit: Contrary to what the older generation perceived, the gen next refuses to get tied down to the New Year resolutions.

Albert Einstein once said ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow.' Perhaps, New Year resolutions took birth from his inspirational words. Till a few years ago, it was sort of a craze for youngsters to make resolutions, and of course only to break them.

However, New Year resolutions seem no more a part the Gen next circle as we rarely hear youngsters sharing about it with their friends on New Year Day. To make or not to make though is the question.

It is that time of the year to ponder over and reflect on the past happenings and make amends for future. But youngsters certainly do not fall in line as they live life as it comes.

MBA student Sesh Iyengar says, “Since we are not living in ordinary times there exists a certain urgency to act and implement and not just make verbal promises to self.”

Contrary to what the older generation perceived, the gen next refuses to get tied down to the New Year resolutions. They believe in themselves and excel at multi-tasking, unlike the former, while being committed to all they undertake.

Says Nida Hameed, a Wipro employee, “I have multitude of things to accomplish this year. I have decided not to name them as resolutions, but as ‘things to do' since I end up feeling guilty for not completing them. Though I am determined to tackle them as and when the situation calls for.”

Retired businessman Rajesh Mohan quips: “Earlier it used to take us weeks to set our goals for the coming year. Completing them was a major accomplishment.” For this lot the New Year is always accompanied by a whole set of do's and don'ts in resolutions.

Says Geeta Khemani, mother of two young professionals: “I think unless a person starts afresh about things, he/she will certainly cannot do anything productive. For me it is all about learning and trying to do something new with each passing year.”

‘The Young Turks' undoubtedly feel the need to achieve success without having to deal with the hassle of making any resolution. Nitin Guha, an undergraduate student, says “In this day and age, listing down resolutions is passé. It is not that I don't want to improve myself, but making resolutions is a no. For us it is all about doing stuff on the spur of the moment.” Of similar opinion is Meenal Shahani who states “Our mind is constantly on the overdrive. Therefore sticking to one activity for too long is out of question. We like doing things as and when we have the time and interest, without being tied down to them.”

With youngsters being tech-savvy and multi-faceted, expectations and preferences go beyond the New Year's resolutions. In this fast-paced life and many challenges, handling things one at a time seems to be the mantra. Opine twins Sameer and Sanya: “We don't make them. We find them pointless since we would never follow them, to begin with. Why should a calendar date make a difference? But it's not like we don't have any as we keep voicing them out to each other for fun. But, of course, we have no intentions of keeping up with them.”

To conclude, the youth brigade firmly believes that promises are meant to be broken, therefore au revoir to resolutions.


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