Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year Resolutions For 2017

Happy New Year!
People either love New Year resolutions or despise them, with no middle ground. I know people that don't like resolutions believe that people should actively be making changes throughout the year instead of saving them for January 1st. I 1000% agree with this, but I love making resolutions. There's something romantic about crafting your future self through goals you make at the start of a new year, even if these goals never live past February. 

This year is different for me. Instead of making really specific goals, I'm making my goals broad generalizations of what I would like my life to be like a year from now. Instead of being short term, achievable goals, these are the light at the end of the tunnel. Things I may never fully achieve, but will die trying for. This probably goes against all advice you've heard about making resolutions, but while short term motivation comes in waves, these are things that will continuously drive me towards the hope of something greater. 

My first resolution is to live fearlessly. This past year has given me some of my highest highs and lowest lows. Over the years I've come to the realization that when I'm on my deathbed I would much rather be able to say that I did it all. That I felt every emotion under the sun. That I loved passionately, cried tragically, dreamed wondrously rather than living in fear of feeling emotion. I want to live with no regrets. I want to live life to the fullest knowing I gave life my all instead of merely existing instead of living. 

The second is to be selfish. You know how when you're on an airplane they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help someone else with theirs? Life is like that. You can't be the best partner or friend to others if you are not secure and happy with yourself first. This year I anticipate dabbling in wellness a bit more through food, exercise, and spirituality. I am only going to take on projects and things that truly mean something to me and say "no" to the rest without worrying that it will make others like me less. If, at the end of the day, I'm not happy with my life and myself, I know there is no way I can make others happy and be there for people who need me. 

I'm still trying to understand what "live fearlessly" and "be selfish" truly means to me and the actions that I will need to take to reach them. If you'd like to read a blog post about either of these resolutions and how I plan on fulfilling them, let me know in the comments and I would be happy to do it! Also, I'd love to know what your resolutions are. There's something romantic about goal setting, even more so when what your trying to reach is an emotion, abstraction, or illusion rather than a concrete goal. If you haven't made a resolution yet, consider dreaming big, and making your resolution bigger than the typical "lose 15 pounds." 

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