2016 was just so-so for me, it wasn’t a particularly good year but it wasn’t a bad year either; I can’t complain though because I still got to spend Christmas and ring in the New Year with my loved ones. Now that we’ve entered 2017, as is the worldwide tradition, most people will have new (or old) resolutions for the New Year. This year I’m not going to make resolutions, I actually haven’t made any for a long while now.
“Why not?” you ask?
Well, part of it is because I can never stick to my resolutions #whoops. But the other part is because I feel that making New Year’s resolutions puts pressure on yourself to achieve certain goals in that year. This can lead to you focusing so much on those things that you may miss out on other things. It’s almost like we’re unconsciously limiting our choices. Also, most people make resolutions because they want a change in their lifestyles; but your life is not going to magically change with the calendar. Truth is, if you want your life to change you need to make small, ongoing resolutions throughout the year instead of a couple of big ones just at the beginning of the year.
I’m not saying New Year’s resolutions are useless, on the contrary I think it’s important to be able to see the big picture and have the end goal in your mind. I just think that too many people use the start of a New Year as an excuse to say they want to change this habit or add that routine with a tendency to forget it all by the end of January.
Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, each year I like to challenge myself on how far outside my comfort zone I can go. For example, being an introvert, one of my biggest fears is public speaking; so last year I signed up to be a lector at my Church, whose job is to read the Scripture readings in front of hundreds of people. I even took the CELTA course where I had to stand in front of a class and teach them stuff – twice a week! If you told my end-of-2015 self that I would accomplish all that within the next year, I would never have believed it. That’s not to say that I wasn’t a nervous wreck before my first lector reading and teaching practice, but because I pushed myself, I now realise that I actually CAN do those things (and without any major mishap at that).
There are 12 months = 52 weeks = 365 days = 8,760 hours = 525,600 minutes in one year; that’s a long time! What you want at the beginning of the year might be completely different or irrelevant to what you want in the middle or end of the year, which is why I don’t really like to make New Year’s resolutions. This year, I’m just going to strive for a better me, travel as much as I can, and say “yes” to more things that scare me.
Whatever your resolutions are, and whether or not you’ve made any, I wish you all a happy New Year 2017 – let’s make the most out of those 31,540,000 seconds!
a/n: By the way, did you notice the new theme? I decided to do a blog makeover; new year, new look kinda thing and I’m loving the clean and simple feel of it – monochromatic and minimalist sites are all the rage now right? Or are they ‘so last year’? ha.. ha.. What do you guys think?