With the passing of a new year, reflection and contemplation are inescapable. We are bombarded with compilations, recaps, and lists and encouraged to weigh the value and meaning of the past year and place it firmly into our past history. Perhaps this is fulfilling some innate modern need—a need to compartmentalize each passing year and its events into a sealable bag, tossing it into the crisper drawer of the refrigerator of our minds. I know this may seem like an overstatement of the obvious, but the events of last year, no matter how much we wish to consign them to the past, will invariably have an unavoidable impact on the ever unfolding events of our future.
New Year’s resolutions have become the crux of the celebration—a way to engage in ourselves, our shortcomings, and the world around us. In order to get you in the new year’s mood, here is a countdown of my resolutions in 10 words down to one:
10. Make more time for the people who actually deserve it.
9. Stop eating so much goddamn junk food for breakfast.
8. Practice self-love, even if it freakin’ kills me.
7. Spend more time learning about local politics.
6. Take myself on more fancy dates.
5. Make 1870 Magazine great again.
4. Stop smoking cancer sticks.
3. Volunteer my time.
2. Love ferociously.
To start the year off right, we bring you a magazine representative of the world around you-—ideas on how to explore your city, musings of students doing awesome things, reflections on tragedy, and irreverent insights on sports, food, art, and anime conventions. Here’s to new beginnings,