2017 is merely hours away. 1st January is just another day when the sun will rise and set and the earth will complete one rotation on its axis. I find it wonderful that these things are just normal in the mechanism of the universe, but humans have made them so significant and important by labeling them. Monday, Tuesday. January, February. Twenty Sixteen, Twenty Seventeen. We name time and then we work according to it.
Everyone’s ready for the new year, resolutions and all, but I didn’t really give them so much of my energy. I’ve kept resolutions before, but like most people, I’ve been unsuccessful at acting on them. So even though there are a great many things I would love to make and experience and do, I’m keeping my list short and sticking to goals and resolutions that matter the most to me:
- Get published in at least 10 literary magazines
- Earn the Scholar Badge at School
- Excel in my competitive exams
- 1000+ followers on blog
- Grow a plant
- Eat a balanced meal every day
- Don’t punish yourself for unproductive days/saying no
- Celebrate the littlest achievements
- Take care of yourself
- Be a good sister
- Start a Journal of Little Things
- Read more diverse blogs
It’s not much, but I know from my own previous experience that giving myself a long list of resolutions to do would only discourage me and make self-improvement seem like too much work. There are little 30-day projects I’d like to do, but since 2017 is going to be a busy year – last year in school, competitive exams, college applications, and writing- I’m not planning them months in advance. I’ll go day-by-day and fit in those tasks and activities accordingly. I want to focus on my priorities. I don’t expect anything from the year; I’m expecting everything from myself. I don’t like the idea of blaming the circumstances; I’ve learned in the last two years that life is what you make of it. It’s all in your hands.
I’m not expecting anything, but I’m hoping that we’ll get to see more peace, love and harmony than violence and hatred. I hope that 2016 has taught the world how we are our own enemies and that we all will make the world a better place to live in. As I’ve always said, change starts from us, and I believe that if in 2017 we work on ourselves a little more, the world will grow as one.
Here’s to better tomorrows. Happy New Year to all of you!
“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” — Taylor Swift