The New Year is an opportunity to take a look at our past year and think about what we want the next one to bring. The Gather Staff took a second to make resolutions for the new year to come.
Aaron Potek, Community Rabbi: When I reflect on the aspects of my life that caused me the most tsoris in 2016, I think of social media and politics.
I spent a lot of time on Facebook this year. I don’t think all of it was time wasted. I have had productive discussions about important issues on my walls and others’ walls, I was pointed to articles that I otherwise would not have read, and I sent love to people in the form of birthday wishes, condolences or “likes”. But for 2017 I’d like to be more intentional about my Facebook usage. I just installed an app that will limit the amount of time I’m on Facebook a day to 30 minutes – I might extend that time a few extra minutes on some days, but I think it’s a reasonable aspiration for the new year.
Like many, I’ve struggled with the political discourse this year. I’d like to think I’m good at listening to and learning from an opinion with which I disagree, but this year more than ever I’ve struggled to find a kernel of truth or wisdom in many opinions that I’ve heard. In 2017, I would like to focus less on the opinions that I find to be hateful or ignorant and focus more on the people who hold them. Without justifying or excusing that hatred or ignorance, I’d like to be more curious about the life experiences that have led people to those opinions. This year I want to work extra hard to remember that we are all created in the image of God. There may not be a moral equivalence between every opinion or ideology, but there is a moral equivalence between every human being.
Shaina Dorow, Community Coordinator: 2016 brought about a lot of changes in my life. I graduated college, I moved to DC, and I started living as an “adult”. I’m not sure I really still understand the true nature of #adulting, but part of my resolution is to hone that skill a bit more. Basically, I want to start cooking for myself more. The times that I do make me feel healthier and less wasteful (of both money and leftovers). If anyone has easy, fun recipes they want to share – hit me up. I’m always down to try new things.
This whole new life brought me into a very new space, mentally and physically. I’ve started to realize that I love to walk and explore to help me feel more at ease. I pledge to start walking more this coming year. I want to find new things to see in DC. It’s so easy to say that you’ve seen everything, but that obviously can’t be true. Here’s to seeing more of the city!
Jackie Zais, Senior Associate: I never make new years resolutions. I’m not into it and apparently no one keeps them anyway. I also don’t like arbitrary due dates or timelines. Any part of the year is a good time for a fresh start. Why did we pick in the middle of the winter? All I want to do in the winter is wear layers and drink tea.
Four days into 2016 I turned 25 which honestly didn’t turn out to be my best year. If memes and songs are to be believed, 2016 was a tough year for many of us. I was looking forward to 2017 and 26 but after November’s elections results, I was feeling pretty pessimistic about 2017 as well. But I’ve decided to shed some of that pessimism, it’s not helping anyone. I am going to be hopeful in the new year, I’m going to start listening to NPR again (I haven’t been able to listen since November), and I am going to get my own insurance policy. Let’s all go have a good 2017 whatever that might look for us!