It’s the time of year when almost the whole world gathers to celebrate the end of an old year (SO 2012) and mark the start of a new one (HELLO 2013!). In doing so, we engage in a tradition almost as old as another one that follows shortly after. I’m talking, of course, about the making of resolutions. And the one that follows after? The breaking of aforementioned resolutions.
Everyone starts a new year with lots of hopes and dreams, and promises. To themselves, to their families, to their friends. And, almost immediately, they end up breaking them. Maybe because of a lack of dedication, or too great a commitment. So I’m going to set myself a challenge. A challenge to come up with resolutions that are not only achievable, but also realistic. Resolutions that are geared towards making me a better person, friend, son.
Sarah mentioned that the way to achieve long term goals is to make smaller, short term goals that help you on your way to the bigger goal. And also to make the penalty for failing to fulfil the goals great, as a disincentive. I agree with the train of thought. So I shall try this.
New Year’s Resolutions 2013
1) I will become a better student.
I don’t mean just academically. I mean that in my studies, in dance, and in life. I will listen more, and scoff less. I will observe more, and assume less. I will become more patient, and not be quick to get angry. I am not wise enough to assume that I know better. Because I clearly don’t.
To break this down, I will study at least an hour a day. At least. I will stretch to improve my flexibility everyday. In 6 months, I hope to be able to do a full split. And I believe that is achievable.
I will question what I don’t understand, in order that I may understand better. I will not blindly accept things people tell me.
2) I will learn more about social interaction.
I don’t believe that I have very good social skills. I want to change that. I want to be able to have conversations with total strangers, and be able to carry on conversations with them. I want to be able to be put into a completely foreign environment where no one is known to me, and be able to make myself feel comfortable.
Not too sure how to break this down though. I need to give it more thought.
3) I will start being more responsible.
I’m not exactly the epitome of responsibility, as I’m sure those of you who know me will have realised by now. I’m 22 years old. I have shied away from responsibility most of my life. And I’ve been acting like a child. This cannot continue, for obvious reasons.
I want to become more responsible. Be it for my health, my finances, anything. I want to be seen as someone who can be relied upon. I want to start acting a bit more my age.
To break this down is easy. Step 1 is already in progress: Sell my PS3.
Step 2: Start taking care of the cleanliness of my own room. Simple things like putting things back where they belong. Sweeping my room at home every week. Wasting less time on useless stuff like playing games and stuff. I may be overdoing it by selling, but the fact of the matter is that I waste a lot of time in front of the television. And I don’t want to do that anymore.
Step 3: Be responsible for my own finances. I think the dream would be the day when I don’t need to ask my parents for money anymore. And I want to work towards that. Step 3 can actually be broken down further. I need to plan my accounts, so that I spend a reasonable amount of money per day, while still allowing myself room to splurge every once in a while. And I will need to cut down my extravagances. Eat more for less. 🙂 Find places which have good food for cheap prices, and frequent those places. That kind of thing.
This is the one that I want to achieve most. I have to start acting my age more. This doesn’t mean the weird part of me won’t exist, because as I’ve explained countless times, the weird part of me… IS me. It’s an integral part of my being that I’m exceedingly happy with, and I wouldn’t lose that weirdness for the world. But at the same time I need to develop the rest of me. So here’s hoping this one works out.
4) I will read more. I will write more.
I used to have a love of reading. I’d like to think that this is where my over-active imagination stems from. In some ways, I still do love reading, I just don’t do it as often anymore. So I want to read more. As such, I shall break this down simply. At the end of this year I will have read a minimum of 20 new books. They can be fiction, non-fiction, from any genre. That’s a little more than 1.5 books a month. I think that’s manageable.
As for writing, obviously it would have to include my blog. Regardless of the readership or number of views, I shall try to get out 2 posts a week. 1 more serious, and the other more lighthearted. As for the other aspect of my writing, I shall aim to finish that project this year. I have it planned out, now I just need a more concrete outline. Still, it could fail if I’m not dedicated. So I shall have to break that down further, but that shall also require more thought.
And there you have it. My resolutions for the year ahead. I hope that at the end of the coming year when I look back, I have no regrets, and can confidently say that I managed to achieve my resolutions. I shall be watching myself.
So basically the dude’s all, sudden inspiration to better myself! and shit, like he’s done millions of times before, only this time there’s like, resolutions and shit! And, he’s broken that stuff down to smaller goals! Holy schlamoley will he actually pull this off??? Stay tuned (for about a year, haha!) to find out!
Oh, and should he fail hilariously, you can always count on the resulting ridicule to stem first and foremost from his cynical, brash, loud, obnoxious inner voice.
AKA moi, Italics-man.