So I’m not really one for New Year’s Resolutions, since they seem to have too much pressure put on them. Instead, goals are what I use to plan out my year, and I always make bad goals (oops) because I make them vague enough that they don’t fit the proper definition of most goals. But the vagueness of it all keeps me from being bogged down by specifics, and it allows me to grow and change over the year without feeling upset about altering a goal. For example, last year my goal was to “Become the best version of myself”, and I thought I made pretty good progress on that. This year, I’ve gone a little more specific with 3 large goals in mind.
3) Try new things and have new experiences. I started trying this past year to just basically have more fun by trying things that were strange or unfamiliar to me, and it was amazing. I took an awesome, fairly impromptu road trip with my mom halfway across the state, I was a summer peer mentor for a group of amazing kids, and I made a new family in my section in marching band. I met so many amazing people, and I just overall felt more content with my life than I have in years past. Sure, there are still some things I wish I would have tried, but that’s life. I hope to just get out and experience more of the world this year, and I want to have fun while doing it.
2) Prioritize my health more so than I have in the past. I’m not very good at this. I’m one of those people who will push myself until I break, and it definitely manifested itself a few times this year. My physical health was much better than it had been before, mainly since I stayed active and took my medicine and just generally tried to live a more healthy lifestyle. I went without pop/soda for a few months, and it did wonders for me and how I felt. I improved my fitness through marching band and running, and it just made me feel so good about myself. However, my mental health is the thing I need to prioritize more this year, since it came to bite me a few times in 2014. I sunk into a depressive episode over the summer that I’m still recovering from, and my lack of self-care during the semester caused me to experience panic attacks for the first time in years. I was not a happy camper by fall semester’s end, and I can’t sink myself that low again. I’ve already made steps to put me first this year, like rescheduling classes so I can have more Tory-time. Hopefully, this will allow me to be a happy and healthy person throughout the year.
1) Become the happiest version of myself so far. This one is hopefully a combination of the previous 2, but I feel like it’s important to have on this list nonetheless. Everything I do this year, I want it to (in some respect) make me happy. I know this isn’t always possible, but I’m going to try to think and reframe everything so that it leads to my ultimate happiness. Life is best when it’s lived happily.
Happy second day of 2015!