1. Take my life into my own hands: For the last few years, 2016 in particular, I have felt less like I was steering my own ship, and more like I was being swept along with the whims of the ocean. That feeling of helplessness isn’t conducive to productivity, but also affects my mental health. This year, I want to make sure I do everything with purpose, and not just go along with the flow.
2. Learn to honor my body: Getting adjusted to college over the last year and a half meant lots of late nights with pizza and takeout, skipping meals and not working out. Things got to a head when at the end of freshman year I discovered I had gained 9 kilos – freshman 15 is real guys! While I have lost quite a bit of that weight over the last year, I want to shift my focus from simply losing weight to actually taking better care of my body, and learning to love it the way it is.
3. Start reading for pleasure again: Somewhere between leaving high school and going through my first year at college, I completely dropped the habit of reading. With the people that had to be met and parties that had to be attended, I just didn’t have the time to read. Or so I thought. I recently realized how stupid it was that I was doing these things at the expense of a hobby I loved. I want to read for pleasure again, and I’ve already gotten off to a great start – 3 books read in January!
4. Actually learn for the sake of learning: I used to coast by on the bare minimum for classes – turn in essays at the last minute, skim through readings and be done with it for the week. While this worked in high school, in college this approach has been nothing but detrimental. I’m here to learn, so shouldn’t I make the effort to learn? This year, I want to stay on top of deadlines and actually read what needs to be, but ultimately I want to put in full effort in every class so I learn something from it, and not just scrape through with a decent grade.
5. Stay true to me: Leading off of my third resolution, I’m going to stop forcing myself to do things I’d rather not, just to fit in. Going to parties, staying up late, drinking, and many other aspects of ‘typical’ college life, just aren’t for me. And that’s okay. It’s fine if I want to stay in and play a video game, then go to bed at 10 and wake up at 5. It’s alright if I’d prefer to go to a restaurant over a club. And some people may think I’m super uncool for not being wild, but that’s okay too. Different strokes for different folks, and I’ve got to learn to accept mine.
6. Step out of my comfort zone: This may seem contradictory to my previous point, but I promise, it’s not. While I don’t want to do things just for the sake of fitting in, I do want to do more things I’m afraid of, and take chances in 2017. That dance class I’m sure I’ll be awful at? Give it a shot! Scared of talking to that cute guy in the laundry room? Do it anyway – you’ve got nothing to lose! I want to dare and I want to live expressively.
7. Stop taking life so seriously: Finally, I want to stop taking life so seriously. Having concrete goals and the like is fine, but in the end we’re bags of flesh living on a rock hurtling around a huge star year after year. Life is less about achieving and more about finding meaning. So that’s my ultimate goal for 2017 – work towards my goals, but remember to look up to the sky and remember my insignificance every once in a while.