Well, Happy New Year!
We’ve all made it through yet another trip around the sun and somehow managed to survive, if not thrive, despite everything that the last year has put us all through. So, give yourselves a pat on the back and acknowledge that you’ve done a good job even if you don’t really think so. I know it doesn’t feel like we’ve achieved a lot in the last year, what with… well, everything. But it is important to put that behind us and look at things from where we stand right now.
Another 365 days await in front of us, and, although it feels like we’ve all aged a decade within these last two years, it might be a good time for us to actually manifest things that we want for ourselves this year.
Personally, I’m going to go about this by writing it down somewhere and making a plan of action, even though I am what some might call organized chaos. I think this is something that will help me remain sane through the upcoming year, even though I have no idea what is to come.
I definitely don’t think I’m going to magically turn into a new person since it’s a new year and everything, you know? But I think a plan is a good place to start somewhere, even if I know that there isn’t going to be much I can do if things don’t really go according to it. I mean, no plan is ever perfect, right? We cannot hope to calculate all the variables involved, not from where we stand.
It’s not a resolution exactly because these aren’t things that I am hoping to strictly follow, or feel guilty about straying away from. But I will try to stick to them either way, while still being kind to myself even if things don’t really go as per the whole plan.
So here is my plan of action for 2022. It’s not perfect, but I’m hoping it will help somehow.
- Study further. I think that it’s time I expanded my horizons and got some actual learning done in the process. This will be the year I go back to studying, perhaps, or do a certificate course or two. I would genuinely like nothing more than to study more. This is one of my main goals for the year.
- Write more often. I think this goes without saying, but I have fallen into a major slump in the last few months, and, although I know that forcing myself to write more often isn’t really going to help, I just think that I have to try a little more from my side to stay connected to this part of myself that has only ever grown stronger with time.
- Read more. This is actually pretty much connected to the first one. For as long as I can remember it, I have been reading books at a speed that shouldn’t have been normal. But somewhere along the way, I fell out of that habit and I think that is the reason my writing has taken such a severe hit. The more I read, the more poetic cinema I watch, the more art I consume, the more I am motivated to write. I think slowly falling back into that habit is only going to help me write better. One step at a time, right? This is something I’ve already begun working on. I’ve even started using my long-dormant Goodreads account now, so you can come say hi to me there if you like!
- Document everything! One of my biggest regrets has been that I don’t really have too many moments to scroll back on. Granted, this isn’t really necessary to document every moment to truly live it. But given how much I like looking back at things and seeing just how far I’ve made it, it’s a little surprising to me that I haven’t documented my moments, curated or spontaneous or otherwise, in a very long time. I plan on doing so more often this year because it’s these little moments that inspire me to do better.
- Learn a new language. I know I’m already learning Mandarin, but I think that this will be a good year to start learning something new as well. I haven’t really decided what language it will be, yet, but I am sure I will begin a whole new set of lessons alongside my already-existing Mandarin lessons, this year.
- Make more art. Quite literally everything went dull the minute I stopped making art, last year. I don’t know what went wrong or why I stopped feeling the motivation to create any more art than I did, but I know that I shouldn’t let this thing I love doing just fade away into nothing. Whether people appreciate it or not, it has always been something that I have done for myself and it would be incredibly unfortunate if I gave up on it altogether.
- Take it slow. I am no stranger to succumbing to pressure from the world. I am constantly asking myself whether I am on the right path and if I am lagging behind everyone my age who has achieved more than I have. But appearances are always deceiving; no matter how good things look from a distance, nobody knows the truth unless they’ve lived it. One of my main goals this year is to not force myself to do something I know I don’t want to.
- Don’t sugarcoat things. I have this annoying tendency to think that I might be offending people with the way I respond to them, even if it means I have to face a highly uncomfortable situation because of it. This might be a good year to be more assertive and to stop sugarcoating things just because I don’t want to seem too rude to people. I think it’s okay to set our boundaries sometimes and avoid certain situations for our well-being. I know I’ll thank myself for this later.
- Socialize more. I don’t really mind being all by myself or anything, but I do enjoy socializing. I haven’t done much of that outside of family events in the longest time and I think that I should go out there and meet new people, build connections, and all that jazz. It is truly amazing to meet new people and learn new things. It’s a great opportunity to expand my network as well. I think it’s time I put myself out there more and actually get out of being all by myself all the time.
- Say yes to experiences and a richer life. For a couple of weeks in the last two months, I had to reduce my usage of social media. The result was a lot of peace and a lot more fun than I could have imagined. I plan on doing a lot more of that in the coming year because it has been very fun time to leave my phone unattended and not worry about checking my social media all the time. It really calmed me down and I had a bunch of new things to write about when I finally got back. So, I’m definitely going to do a lot more of that.
All said and done, I just want to let everyone know that no matter how you choose to walk the path this year, you should do it for yourselves and for nobody else. Let this be the year you decide that your well-being is more important than anything else there is to come.
Your goals? You’ll accomplish them all one by one, one step at a time.
Have a wonderful year ahead of you! Xx