It’s a new year, it’s a new decade but it’s eight days in already and back to the office for most. The holidays are over, and many things are still the same. So 7Dnews was wondering, how are people really starting 2020? Dry January, Veganuary, being more active? In the spot where massive fireworks marked the turn of the year, London’s Southbank, we tried to find out.
“Don’t stress out, take it easy and spend more time on your hobbies,” is the advice Victoria wanted to share. With her travel companion, who is also named Victoria, she embarked on a big journey on January 1st, starting in LA, they have already been to Rome and now London.
“We are starting the year with the thing that we like to do the most, travelling,” the two friends told us. “And that’s our new year’s resolution. To travel as much as possible and have fun as much as possible.”
Meanwhile, however, Brexit is still looming. Worries have not simply disappeared in an explosion of colourful sparkles. Impeachment trials, big elections, climate change and uncertainty about the future of European relations, have forced many to give more thought to politics on both national and global scales.
Betsy from the US told us she plans to be more engaged and politically active. “I want to do everything I can to help progressive candidates get into office in the United States. So, whatever I can do that’s I going to do in 2020 for sure,” she said.
Andrew on the other hand, says resolutions will be broken anyway. “Why should a fairly arbitrary date in the year be a time to start imposing all sorts of rules on yourself?” he asked. Instead, he tries to focus on getting enough sleep with a two-year-old in the household. “To get beyond midnight is a great triumph. We did manage it this year, we got to about 12.45 and were still awake.”
However you might approach it the new year will certainly bring changes. Politically, personally, and in ways we cannot foresee. It seems as good a reason as any to choose the very first day of the calendar year to make a promise to either yourselves, loved ones or even the universe.
Make a promise to change a bad habit or try harder to live environmentally friendly. These are only examples from a handful of people we spoke to, in a city of nine million, and a planet of over seven billion. The one thing we most likely have in common is the goal to make this year the very best one yet.