Here’s a phrase you’ve probably heard countless times over the course of your life: new year, new me! Sure, people often make resolutions to grow as humans, but there’s no better time for a fresh start than the new year. Many of the things we resolve to do never actually end up happening, but this year, the Quibbler challenges you to be different. Without further ado, here are five resolutions we dare you to keep:
- Make your own New Year’s resolution.
We all know that New Year’s resolutions are a tradition all over the world, but exactly how well-kept is the yearly promise of making them? A representative study conducted throughout Hogwarts showed that only 47% of the community truly comes up with these determined statements at the start of January, and an even smaller fraction actually tries to keep them.
“I just can’t really be asked to bother thinking about stuff like that,” says fifth year student Connie Tennant, “especially while I’m so busy at school.” That’s all well and good, but don’t you want to do more? Of course you do! Start by writing out a New Year’s resolution. Even if it’s late, the year is still young—it can still count!
2. Connect more with family and friends.
I mean, really, readers? When was the last time you wrote your mother, hmm? Hung out with one of your siblings, even if they are pesky? Talked to that friend you met a few years back? What’s that, you say—it’s been a while? Maybe it’s time for you to take a break from your endless procrastination and do one of those things. Cherish the relationships you have before they disintegrate just like that one arachnid boy that Muggles are obsessed with. You never know what life will throw your way, after all!
3. Avoid becoming That One Person (trademark pending).
You know who I’m talking about. The one who refuses to show others their Butterbeer cork collection. The one who takes the last bean from the Bertie Bott’s box without checking to make sure it’s okay with everyone else. The one who brags about their Nutty Bread stockpile but doesn’t even like to eat the delicious, nutty, fluffy scrumptiousness. Nobody likes that person. Okay, that was harsh—an extremely minuscule number of people would like to maintain a friendship with that person. Don’t be that person.
4. Improve your dueling prowess.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice merely waving around a magical stick or a pro with years of experience under your belt, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to dueling! Whether it be perfecting your aim, wrist movements, spell enunciation, or anything in between, there’s bound to be some area where you can grow to be even the tiniest bit more marvelous. Maybe you’re such a superb duelist, any improvements you make won’t show at all. If so, take this concept and apply it to something else! Flying, interacting with humans, brewing potions, you name it—anything works, as long as you try hard enough.
5. Actually pay attention to that poor plant you’ve been trying to grow.
We can’t all be gifted herbologists, but maybe we should appreciate our leafy green companions a bit more. I myself have borne witness to the wilting of a pot of daisies, and let me tell you, it is a sad experience indeed—albeit one that got me thinking. What if I had sung to the flowers? Knitted their flowerpot a cozy scarf? Set a place for them at the dinner table each night? Maybe you should try it. It could make a huge difference.
Well, that’s it, readers! Happy belated New Year, and do try your best to stick to your resolutions!