I have always liked New Year's Day.

I haven't ever really understood why it's become such a big celebration for the rest of the world, but maybe the answer lies in why I like the beginning of a whole new year.

Pessimists will tell you that it is simply another day in our existence and there is no reason for celebration.

I, for one, am not a pessimist.

I enjoy the beginning of a new year because it has just enough significance in our lives to trick us into making the changes we really want in life.

Sure, there is the common thought that most new year's resolutions are left to the wind after a month or so.

But that doesn't mean we don't have a chance to really follow through in what we want to change.

For me, that is how my brain has always worked. I've always started new workouts or new diets on a Monday.

Please don't ask me to explain why I do these things. I do know it is a part of me that I have no control over but why I think like this, I do not know.

Taking this into account, New Year's Day has always been a happy day for me in the past. In these days, even one happy day is more than can be asked for.

On that day, I know that all the changes I want to make, all the goals I have and all the things I should remember to continue from the previous year are all still in the cards for the next year.

Have I failed with most of my new year's resolutions? Yes. Making changes built into how you think or have you've acted for the previous year or more is difficult.

Have I succeeded in making some of these changes? Sure have and I tell you, it is the best feeling in the world to set out a goal and still be completing it a year later.

For New Year's resolutions, I like to think back to the saying of "reach for the moon and if you fail, you fall among the stars" when I make mine.

Although you might not always fall among the stars, trying and succeeding at even parts of your goals or resolutions for the new year is worth the risk.

Zach Collums is the editor of the Delaware County Journal. He can be reached at the Delaware County office, 918-253-4322, or at zcollums@delcojournal.com.