What’s your resolution?


In just a few days, 2021 becomes 2022.

We all wonder what the new year brings.

A majority of us make traditional resolutions.

We decide to eat better, lose weight, work out, be a better role model for our family or something else.

The novelty wears off after about a week or two.

We go back to our “old” self.

It’s a disappointment, for sure.

Perhaps we’re too comfortable with who we are to welcome any change in our life.

My world took a significant turn in 2018 when I lost both of my parents within 8.5 months of each other.

And again in 2020 when Emily Weaver graciously offered me the job as assistant editor at the Mount Olive Tribune.

And again just six months ago when I learned I had thyroid cancer — a non-fatal, non-aggressive version that has a high survival rate.

I’m not going to bore you with additional details about how those moments have affected my life on a daily basis. But, they each have not defined who I am, either.

A very dear friend sent me a text message two days before Christmas. He praised the fact that I’ve beaten cancer, but added that I’m still here for a purpose.

That’s how I define a resolution.

It’s not about achieving a goal and experiencing the euphoria that goes along with it. It’s about finding out why you exist.

Trust me, I think about that every day.

I’ve been a journalist for 35 years. I chronicle events through my writing and take photos that become part of history. It’s kind of cool to know that a small part of you is immortal.

Is that my purpose?

I’m not so sure.

Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

I can’t think of a better resolution for 2022.

Can you?

Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at rcoggins@mountolivetribune.com.


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