We’ve entered the new year, and with 2019 comes the annual “new year, new me” pledges. We all know it’s often difficult to maintain your lofty resolutions, and as January comes to a close motivation can be hard to come by. So we’ve provided some advice for the betterment of your 2019 below, categorized by Zodiac sign.
Capricorn: Hey Capricorns: have you already given up on your 2019 resolution? Can you feel yourself drifting back to your same old routines? Don’t forget to stay in the moment this year! By appreciating the benefits of a Taft education and actively enjoying the people around you, you can combat the boring, soulless regimen of: “Wake up, eat, homework, sleep”. This year is when you’ll finally be able to see that you’ve got a pretty great life after all, and that you deserve to enjoy yourself.
Aquarius: To all Taft Aquariuses (especially juniors): Loosen up! While your dedication to schoolwork is admirable and your priorities are in the right order, make sure to relish your time here at Taft. Hang out with your friends in the Jig, go to a Coffee House, come out to some games and show your support for Rhino athletics! (The Crash would certainly love to see you there). Of course, focusing on academia is important, but don’t burn yourself out this year. There are plenty of fun things to do on campus, so take advantage of them.
Pisces: Pisces, as per usual, are in for an emotional year. Whether you are a freshman, convinced that you’ve found true love in the form of your physics lab partner, or a senior, dreading the day that we have to leave. In 2019, Pisces need to remember to calm down, and we mean that in the nicest way possible. That underclassman who cut you in the burger line is not maliciously disrespecting you. Your Taft Crush™ saying hi to you in Main Hall does not mean they love you. That one bad history quiz is not going to ruin your GPA. Things are going to be fine in 2019, so don’t stress yourself out for no reason.
Aries: In 2019, Arieses must remember to be nice. We’re all human here at the Taft School, so we’re going to make mistakes. Go easy on yourself and others this year. If you step on your shoelace and spill your burger and fries all over the servery floor, don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens. If your partner for your French presentation doesn’t show up to your scheduled library meeting, turn the other cheek and forgive. Like the old adage says, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Make 2019 your greatest fly-catching year yet, Arieses!
Taurus: Don’t lose focus this year, Tauruses. The winter season can seem like it drags on forever, and the grey, lugubrious skies and endless school days make it difficult to be motivated, but just keep going! Latch onto your New Year’s resolutions and don’t let go, no matter what. Visualize the spring season in your head and keep studying for those math quizzes vigorously. Eventually, your hard work will pay off. To those suffering from senioritis: now may be a good time to pick up a new hobby! Try writing poetry, or playing piano, or hitting the weight room. Pick something that makes you happy and spend time doing it, while still maintaining focus in the classroom of course.
Gemini: Keep it real, Geminis. Honesty is liberating, so be sure to keep that in mind this year. Is there a special someone you’ve been crushing on? Open up to them about it! Be truthful to yourself, as well. Don’t waste time with fake friendships or relationships; it doesn’t benefit anyone in the long run. This even applies to class: do you think your course load is a little too challenging? An impressive transcript isn’t worth compromising happiness for. On the flipside: could you be pushing yourself a little more? We all attend a great academic institution, and the teachers here are excellent at getting the best out of you. Remember to keep it 100 all through 2019.
Cancer: Don’t isolate yourselves in 2019, Cancers. This year you will face adversity, along with the rest of us. Remember that you’ve got friends, family, teachers, monitors, advisors and many more people to lean on in times of trouble. You don’t have to suffer alone and you shouldn’t. This applies not only to your lowest lows, but your highest highs as well. Having a good day? Share it! Your support system will be glad to hear it. Obviously, this is easier said than done. It can be difficult to open up about your struggles. If you’re having a hard time with this, try meeting with a counselor! They are there to help you.
Leo: 2019 is your own personal training montage, Leos. This is the year where you buckle down, sharpen up, and be the best version of yourself you can be. Spend that extra lunch block in the MAC. Hit the gym and hit it hard. Sit down with your instrument of choice and grind until you feel like your fingers are going to fall off. But most importantly: retain motivation. Be humble. Be hungry. Don’t let anyone defer you from achieving your full potential. Do the hard work this year and reap the benefits for the rest of your life.
Virgo: Virgos, it’s time for some tough love. You can’t control everything. You aren’t in charge of the world, but you are in charge of yourself. So instead of worrying about what other people are doing, stay introspective in 2019. Remember that you can control what type of energy you allow to infiltrate your daily life. If you really can’t stand that one acquaintance that you always seem to end up hanging out with, know that you have the power to (respectfully) stop that. After all, it’s your life.
Libra: Libras are at their best in controlled, tightly-scheduled situations. However, 2019 is the year for you Libras to take risks. Yes, you are allowed to essentially worship your planner still. But try this year to expand your comfort zone. If you don’t consider yourself a performer, try singing with the Gospel Choir! Spend some time Chess and Chillin’ if you haven’t already. If you aren’t sure what you want to do this spring for an ex, try out for a sport you’ve never played! Structure is great, but don’t let yourself be limited by comfort zones and safe bubbles this year.
Scorpio: 2019 is definitely the year of the Scorpio. The world around us is a constantly changing place and it often takes leaders like Taft Scorpios to make a lasting, positive difference in our society. The passion that drives your internal motor must transfer into productive, beneficial behavior. Whether that’s organizing a fundraiser for a particular charity, or convincing your friends to cool it with some particularly offensive jokes, be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Sagittarius: Get to know some new people! Sit with someone you may not know as well at lunch. Strike up a conversation with an assembly neighbor that you might not have talked to before. Join a team, or a club, or an organization, that you care about, and meet people with passions similar to yours. It’s incredible how many wonderful people there are at this school, and if you aren’t careful, you may miss the opportunity to get to know them. Allow other people to enrich your database of perspectives this year and become more whole because of it.