“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity.” -Edith Lovejoy Pierce
I could totally just sit here and bitch about how catastrophically counter-productive 2014 was for me, but all you need to know is that it was shit, it hurt, and I’m so over it! I’ve never actually made realistic resolutions before so this post is probably more for me than it is for you lot. I’ve decided that these are the things that I really want from 2015 -and I had to do a resolution post because I really wanted to use the quote because the metaphor was books *yay books*:
1. Take better care of myself.
This sort of encompasses everything and I suppose it’s a very generic objective, but its something I should really be doing: eat better, sleep better, drink more water and take myself to the doctor when I need to. I avoid the doctor, I nap more than I sleep, my body is 70% coffee not water and my eating pattern is more turbulent than my sleeping pattern and I think its about time I attempt to do something about it all.
2. Improve my communication skills
I am atrocious at all forms of communication and this is a very basic and simple resolution: reply to your bloody texts because people get really pissed off with you when you don’t. More than that make more of an effort with people you don’t get to see every day. Out of sight shouldn’t always mean out of mind.
3. Keep up my good things jar
Most people laugh at this, but I love it. The concept is that you write down something every single day that’s good or that made you happy and put it in the jar. You don’t open or read it until New Years Eve and it reminds you all the small things (or big) that made your year! I don’t write in it every day, nor do I read it on NYE but it’s really cute thing to do and it brightens up a boring night in January. Plus, I really like decorating the jars!
4. Stop procrastinating
This will be, without a shadow of a doubt, the hardest thing I try to do, probably ever. I have what I like to call the procrastination paradox. I avoid everything, which stems from my morbid fear of adulthood, and then hate myself for it, and then rather than actually doing whatever I’m avoiding I just spend more time and energy hating myself. It’s so totally healthy! 2015 will be the year of getting shit done.
5. Save £2,000 for the English-Irish-American-Adventure
The number would be higher, but I’m pretty much starting from zilch. Come September, I’ll be starting university and probably unable to save as much, so I aim to save half the money I need to get my ass up, down and around America come 2017, (don’t laugh at our advance planning!) I am so desperate for this to happen and be one of those things we planned for so long and it actually happened rather than fizzled out. I am so determined to do this!
A lot of people ridicule resolutions, what’s the point if you’re just going to forget them by the time you get back to work, or better yet, by the time you’ve sobered up? But I like them, even if they are often futile. I like that people still consider what they want from life. I think resolutions show who we want to be and how we want to get there. It’s an act of good intentions. There are people who are still actively trying to better themselves, to be who they want be, I just think that’s something to celebrate in itself.
Good luck to you all with your year, I promise I’ll stop writing wet-wipe posts and embarrass myself on the internet yet again very soon.
Originally posted 01/01/2015