In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.”
Do you believe in New Year’s Resolution?
Do you have your own set of resolutions?
I will be a hypocrite if I say yes, because for the past 29 years of my life, I was never bothered to actually think about my how my year has been and what my coming year must be.
So what made you change your mind this time?
Here are the reasons why:
For me, a New Year’s resolution is like a personal plan and no one has the right to dictate what must be on your list or if you should have one to start with. It is not a mandatory thing and you won’t be an outcast if you don’t have one. It is a choice, and it is a choice that I would like to have in my life this year.
It was the first week of December and I was spending my afternoon in a café in Paris, enjoying my cup of Americano after I having a lovely lunch. I had a book on the left side of my table and mobile phone on the right. I can choose to either read or browse my usual social networks, but when I looked around, I found myself looking at these people who were speaking a very different language than mine. Then, I looked further and my eyes caught the empty tables and chairs outside the café. At that moment, I had a short session of self-reflection. So I put out my little paper and pen (which I always have with me wherever I go) and started writing.
The next 60 minutes transpired into a short list; a combination of decisions and events that had the great impact to my 2014. On the last week of 2014, I revisited the same list and I can say my 2014 was full of lessons and realizations. It was so packed that as much as possible, I want to be a more responsible adult, avoid the same mistakes that I committed in the past, change for the better and plan for a great future. I told myself, “I want to be a better person. I will be a better person.”
Most of my resolutions are not quantitative in nature and the changes will never happen overnight. It sure is a work in progress, but I will try my best not to give up and forget easily. And so, for 2015, I aim to:
FOCUS MORE – Multitasking is one of my skills, but I would like to have a better focus this time. Sometimes, I tend to overlook things and details just because I have so many things on my plate.
BE INSPIRED AND INSPIRE OTHERS – I want to continue looking for my life’s muses and learn from them. Also, I wish to inspire other people through the ways I know how, such having this blog and sharing my insights about the world.
STAY POSITIVE – This is one of the traits that I always have with me wherever I go and it actually helps. I wish to keep this, most especially during those challenging times.
They say we live in the age of luxury, and I cannot deny that. But not everything is about money and brands. This year, I want to find time appreciating the happiness from things and places that cannot be bought.
Avoid comparison. Like they say, comparison is the thief of joy.
How many of us are living our dreams? Not all of us have that chance, but there is no reason not to give it a try. and I want to give mine a shot.
FORGIVE AND TRY TO FORGET – As hard as it may be, depending on the severity of the situations but I wish to let go of the negativities in my life. I hope to teach my heart to let go of the hatred to those who have wronged me. I want to be free and be happier. 🙂 This is one of the hardest, but I want to really try.
Be thankful and say thank you for all the challenges and blessings that we receive for they make us a better person. Sometimes we only say thank or we are thankful when we get something big but this time, I want to appreciate the simple things. That gratitude journal will be filled with daily entries!
Our schedules are loaded and our plates are always full most of the time. Remember when we always say that 24 hours is not enough? That’s bad and I am hoping to change that.
Cheers to a new you and a new me 🙂
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful and don’t forget to do some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.