Now that the year is coming to an end, most people reflect on their year in order to plan their resolutions for the upcoming year. While it’s easy to make personal resolutions by looking at events that happened in our own lives, it’s a lot harder to look at how larger events influenced us as a society. What if each year, we reflect on the year’s events and make resolutions as a society? Well America, here it is, “America’s Resolutions 2012”.
#1 Don’t Let Fame (And Too Much Coke) Get To Your Head
- Charlie Sheen, what a transformation in a year. We began to see him spiraling down one arrest after another until he finally lost it and began speaking in a brand new lingo. While the words #winning and #tigerblood are now part of our vocabulary, they serve as a friendly reminder that too much fame and drugs can take you from being the highest paid actor on television, to losing your job.
#2 Watch What Messages We Put Out To Teens
-Remember a few years ago when MTV put out that show called “My Super Sweet Sixteen”? The show was portrayed as though that’s how all teenagers lived and that’s what all teenagers should expect. The show was later cancelled when we realized how bratty teenagers were becoming when they thought that was the norm. We should learn how we portray teen pregnancy. Shows like “Sixteen and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” inaccurately display the struggles of being a parent at such a young age. We are training our teens that, ‘you’re sixteen and have a kid? That’s ok, we’ll give you a reality show’. I’ll be the first to admit, I love both those shows. However, maybe we should portray more of the struggles that teen pregnancy brings in a documentary, not a reality show.
#3 “I Do” Does Not Last Forever, So Let’s Revise How We View Marriage
-Ahh, a wedding day, nothing more romantic about two people so madly in love that they are ready to spend their entire life with each other. For 50% of Americans, this ends up being the case. For the other half, divorce comes after a couple of years into the marriage. For Kim Kardashian, the marriage lasted 72 days. This became an ongoing joke between Americans. Trends were started on Twitter, the two most popular being #thingslongerthankimsmarriage and #thingsshorterthankimsmarriage. While this is something we still joke about, this presents a problem. As Americans we pride ourselves on the “sanctity of marriage” right? If this is what marriages are coming to, don’t you think we should accommodate marriage to include more people? If Kim can have a marriage that lasts 72 days, don’t you think that two men/women that truly love each other should be granted the right to marry?
#4 Lets Watch Who We Let Get Famous
-The Casey Anthony Trial was one that had us glued to the TV’s for days. A wave of shock rolled across the country as we learned that she was found “not guilty” in the death of her daughter. Casey now has plans to write a book, make a movie, and have her own talk show. There’s nothing we can do about the verdict, but we can refuse to buy the book, watch the movie, and watch her show. She killed her daughter; lets not let her get rich off of it too.
#5 If We’re Going To Do Something Intellectual, Lets Not Be Lazy About It
-Words With Friends, the game that changed everything. This was the first game that provided you with a sense of always interacting with your friends as well as providing a playful competitive game. This game was one of the top-selling apps with around 12.5 million players. The game, isn’t a game of chance, it actually requires some thinking and strategy. It wasn’t soon after the game came out though, that another app came out, “words with friends cheats”. This app allowed you to input the letters you had, and it would present you with the top scoring words you could play. While we did learn some new words from cheating (yes qi is a word), it allowed us to take a shortcut to mental exercise. What can we learn from this? If we’re presented with a challenge, lets fully embrace it instead of taking a shortcut (i.e. diets, financial problems, social problems).
#6 Remember That Mother Nature Is Still Stronger Than Any Country
-As Americans, we like to compare ourselves to other countries. “Who’s strongest/richest/most technologically advanced/has the best defense/etc?” No matter how strong and safe we think we are, we must always remember that Mother Nature can wipe us out in a flash. We can be reminded of this by remembering the tragedy of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
#7 You Have One Life, Make The Most Of It
- This year, we had many people pass away; some famous and some not. Most notably and most recently was Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs revolutionized technology around the world. He changed the way people communicated, shared and interacted both with each other but also with technology. He gave a new meaning to the letter “i”. He reinvented the term “user-friendly interface” with his products. Most notably, he changed the way we listen to music and use our phones. And to think that he did this all by the time he died at the age of 56. He didn’t live as long as most Americans do; yet he did more in his lifetime than most of us can even imagine. If there’s just one resolution we should embrace, this should be it: “you have one life to live, make it worth it”.
Those are just a few that we should embrace, what else should society have as it’s resolutions?