Hellooo everybuddy!

It’s currently 11:14 PM on December 31, 2016 here in Rio De Janeiro. I’m currently sprawled on a brightly-colored plastic lounge chair in the International Terminal of the Rio airport, awaiting the boarding call for our connecting flight to Miami. In just a little while, it’ll be 2017, which obviously means that soOoOoOo much is going to change! Hehe, just kidding. (Read “Pre-New Year’s Eve Ending,” the CiC post I wrote freshman year about the arbitrariness of New Years here.)

While I might not expect the world to flip turn upside down when the clock strikes midnight, I do of course recognize that there is great beauty in a) the entire world coming together to celebrate a single holiday, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, religion, or any other identity marker that would normally tend to divide, and b) the fact that this holiday challenges people to become better versions of themselves.

If only every night could be New Years. We could call it New Day.

there is something to be said about fresh starts and the way the world resets itself every December thirty first – as though we’ve all in our own way made the collective decision to shift energy and enter life’s circumstances with a new vigor and ambition that wasn’t there before. 

“Happy New Day!” the world would say, each in the words of our own beautiful languages. We’d ask, “What’s your New Day’s resolution?” and every morning, we’d push ourselves to become better versions of the us we were meant to be.

to leave the tiredness that had rolled around in those final months at the door step and scuffle on into a space that is inviting us to paint it with new life.

We would gather every night near 10 PM for delicious food and drink, and at 11:59 PM, we’d count down the seconds to the brand new day that awaits on the other side of midnight. We’d do this, Dear Reader, every single day, celebrating the blessing that is the coming of each and every day, and every night we would fill our lives with love and life and betterment.

indeed, we are the artists of the empty space – lets make them beautiful. Lauren Delisle

I think the New Years resolutions we choose for ourselves reflect the challenges we’re facing at the current moment. I wouldn’t know to resolve to be a more patient person if I wasn’t currently facing a situation that was testing my patience. Right now, I personally am resolving to be a harder worker, and to let people love and be loved at their own pace. (Go ahead and read into that however you will. 😉 )

But in my opinion, there’s one New Year’s resolution that ought to be on all of our lists, despite our self-focused inclinations.

It applies regardless of unique life situation—It’s the resolution to expose ourselves more to competing mindsets in an effort to understand how the ‘other’ thinks.

We all experience opposing forces in our lives—people, nations, ideologies. What would our world look like if we all resolved to listen to them? To really try to understand them? Like, really, really try?

It just turned to 2017, Dear Reader. Happy New Year! The dull popping sound of fireworks can be heard in the distance… I can see their red and yellow flares sparkle across the nighttime horizon. I wish you were here to see it with me. What do you think of my claim, DR? Can there be one universal New Years resolution? Are New Years resolutions as celebrated where you live? What do you think about 2016? Hopes for the future?

Amazing:

In 2016, the CiC YouTube page jumped from 1,296 subscribers to 9,633!

Last year, 24,284 people visited cathincollege.com 119,898 times. This year, 82,343 people visited 405,180 times!!

This year, CiC merchandise was created and sold at the Stanford mother f*cking Student Store. (You can still buy some online at store.stanford.edu!)

Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for being a part of the CiC community. This is the way you make me feel:

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We’re about to board the plane now. Here’s to a more loving, more prosperous, more hardworking 2017 🙂 I’ll see you on the other side!

Amor amor,

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Hugs to Lauren for the oober-beautiful Instagram caption that helped move this post along. She’s an incredible life-living artist. You can check out her Instagram here.

Written by Catherine Goetze

Catherine Goetze www.cathincollege.com Find me on social media! Facebook: www.facebook.com/cathincollege Twitter: @catherinegoetze Instagram: @catherinegoetze SnapChat: @catherinegoetze Contact me: cathincollege@gmail.com

9 comments

  1. RatcendOmyobor 8th, 2008 6:26 amthanks for including the CSS Tinderbox, especially as the lead off for a great list of some seriously kick ass sites. i appreciate being included.i still love the “nior” design and it’s one of my favorites. i think i hit the sweet spot with that one. thanks again!

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  2. Hahaha! “42 minutes of fe8i1ngs&#e22l; – that’s too good. That should be the tag line for every show on the CW. I, too, have often felt I didn’t feel enough feelings in college.

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  3. Cath-
    Wow, I loved this post. As a fellow blogger, I too was contemplating posting a New Years themed post, but eventually decided against it because I was worried I couldn’t properly articulate how I felt about this year and my hopes for the coming one. However, I applaud you for your insightful New Years post. I personally love your last point: “We all experience opposing forces in our lives—people, nations, ideologies. What would our world look like if we all resolved to listen to them? To really try to understand them? Like, really, really try?”– In the wake of such a tension filled year with increased polarization in both politics and personal life, I think this is such an important resolution for EVERYONE. Thank you again for an amazing post Cath.

    -Allie Blaising (http://millennialfreakout.com/).

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  4. Cath-
    Wow, I loved this post. As a fellow blogger, I too was contemplating posting a New Years themed post, but eventually decided against it because I was worried I couldn’t properly articulate how I felt about this year and my hopes for the coming one. However, I applaud you for your insightful New Years post. I personally love your last point: “We all experience opposing forces in our lives—people, nations, ideologies. What would our world look like if we all resolved to listen to them? To really try to understand them? Like, really, really try?”– In the wake of such a tension filled year with increased polarization in both politics and personal life, I think this is such an important resolution for EVERYONE. Thank you again for an amazing post Cath.

    -Allie Blaising

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    1. Hey Allie! I find myself doing a New Years post every year. It’s impossible to hit it right on the head– as with any topic– but I get a good feeling out of giving it my best shot 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words. Luv luv! -Cath

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  5. Cath! I love your blog/vlog/everything in between haha. Everything you post is always so profound, and you’re an amazing storyteller in every way.

    Girl, you wise af

    When I was writing my New Years’ Resolutions post on my blog, I kept thinking about that one video essay you did on the sophomore slump and the sophomore year in review post you wrote (and ye, i have seen all your vlogs v addicting lmao). Sharing your story and the lessons you’ve learned is so inspiring, and I’m super thankful for that.

    Congrats on your Youtube and blog, and here’s to 2017 and every New Day in it.

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  6. Hi Cath! I hope too that the world can find more love and understanding in 2017, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or political beliefs. One of my hopes for the new year is to become more exposed to other people’s worlds outside of the small, homogeneous community I live in. I agree with you in that a freakin’ amazing universal resolution would be to always keep an Open Mind and Heart – perhaps then, all of our beautiful, diverse, and irreplaceable narratives can finally coexist without hate.

    On a side note, thank you for everything! Your blog and Youtube channel kept me going through first semester of junior year. Here’s to a successful 2017 for the both of us!

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