Every new year brings new prospects and goals, for most people.
For many years, I’ve sat down on New Years Day and put together some new year’s resolutions for the last of the year. Needless to say, I’ve never actually achieved everything on the list. This is purely because I was extremely ambitious in thinking I could even do half of the things on the list. I do admire people’s positivity and admiration to achieve great things as the new year approaches, but I also can’t help but wonder why it even happens? Who was the first person to think that the year changing is a reason for things to change? Surely, we should be able to change anything whenever you feel the time is right rather than waiting for the end or start of a new year? Regardless, it happens, and it’s made me think, I totally don’t believe in new year’s resolutions anymore.
Resolutions are good for those who want change,
and if you honestly know you’ll stick to yours throughout the whole year then I wouldn’t stop you. Just stop and think for a minute though, are your goals achievable in the time frame you’ve set? If you’re planning on reading 100 books through the year but in 2017 you didn’t touch any, then you might have to re-think it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for self-progression and bettering yourself, just in a realistic way. That’s why this year, I do want to do some adventurous things and achieve things I haven’t before but I’m not putting myself under any stress to get them done. Life gets in the way of things sometimes and you shouldn’t punish yourself because your goals take a little longer than you thought, you should embrace that you’re on the way to getting there.
I’ve spoken to a lot of people who have set themselves over 5 or 6 new year’s resolutions that are pretty big,
but I’m just not one to complicate things anymore. I do however have a mantra every year that I speak about sometimes on this blog. Back in 2015 when I set up my little WordPress blog, with no experience and awful grammar skills, my mantra was “Just do what makes you happy, there is no point in being down about something that you don’t need to be down about”. I’ve always been pro-mental health and after a pretty shitty 2015, my 2016 mantra was “mental health before anything else”.
To be honest, I’m not sure I even thought about a mantra during 2017, life kind of got in the way. However, after thinking a lot about not having specific new years resolutions this year, I’ve decided I’m taking the year to focus on myself again. My 2018 mantra is “laughter is the best medicine, do it as much as possible” because I laugh a lot anyway and I’m constantly happy whenever I’m laughing. You’ve got to just take every day as it comes and live in the moment, shit is going to happen and it’s going to make you think your goals and ambitions aren’t possible, but the truth is, you’re doubting your ability to get where you want to be.
So, whether you’re making 20 new year’s resolutions or they’re not a thought in your mind,
just remember; as long as you always try your best, you’ll reap the rewards you deserve soon. It might not be tomorrow or even the next day, but it will happen, and I suppose you’re just going to have to keep going until that day comes.
p.s. I’m finally getting serious about blogging now so you’ll be in for some serious content soon.