New Year's Resolutions
In all, I'd say 2013 was a spectacular year. The past few days I've spent writing down 100 of the greatest (for better or for worse) moments of the year. I'm sure there's a lot that I've missed, and I'll think of them in the days to come, but for now I'm very happy with all the memories that 2013 holds.
I was never much into new year's resolutions until about last year. And I think this goes back to my partiality for odd numbers. I was never impressed with the sound of 2012. But when I woke up on January 1, 2013, I could not contain my excitement. 2013: a fresh new start in what would have to be a wonderful year. I mean, it was an odd number with 13 (one of my favorite odd numbers), after all. I started making plans right away.
So I did what I do best: I made a list. I wrote down academic goals and health goals. I made a list of all the things I would do for my blog on a daily basis. I outlined a brand new budget to stick to, how I'd spend my free time, what I'd accomplish in my workouts, even my morning routine. It was my ideal lifestyle (for a sophomore in college, anyway). And my commitment to that long list of things was my new year's resolution. In 2013, I would stick to the plan. The plan of productivity, non-laziness and everlasting good behavior.
But as I look back at this list, one year later, I realize I have accomplished very little on this list. I'm proud of the progress I've made, but I haven't hit my ideal levels. And some of the stuff on my list were things I really didn't want to do in the first place but thought I should do anyway.
I don't regret making this list. I think it is rather healthy and refreshing to sit down for a good amount of time and reflect on your ideals, wishes, fantasies. I'll always keep them in mind, and I think my new year's reflection did help me in how I approached everything that went down in 2013.
For 2014, I'm doing something a little different. In these next few days I'll definitely be revisiting my ideals. But I do want to make new year's resolutions that I know I can achieve in the next 365 days. That doesn't mean my resolutions won't be a challenge--it means they will be possible. This year, I am resolving to make five changes in my life. These changes will help me in my journey to realize my ideals and will help me become remarkably different from and more improved than my 2013 self.
So, a toast to my five New Year's Resolutions!