I’m not going to be late anymore. I’m going to drink alcohol only once every month and stay sober for most of the year. I’m going to start hitting the gym. I’m going to quit fast food and start eating healthy foods. I’m going to quit smoking. I’m going to be kinder with my language.
These are just some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions – which I hope some of you haven’t broken yet. I mean, it is just the start of January. It hasn’t even been two weeks past yet. Like, really.
While the turn of the new year is mostly about pledging to drop old bad habits, it should not be entirely just about such. It is also about developing new habits – ones that make our lives more fun, if not more meaningful. Our selves are just like houses, and the entrance of a new year is not just about throwing out the things that make our houses look ugly and dirty, but also about putting new things that make our houses prettier. The goal at every new year is to make ourselves better and our lives more pleasant, both by losing the undesirable old ways and by gaining new experiences.
Every new year, pledge to go on new adventures, tell new stories, make new friends, find new hobbies, and unleash a new you.
And this year, let’s make that happen. Like, really happen. Not just words. Let’s actually do it. Without inhibitions. Without fear. Without any sort of reservation. Get out of your comfort zone. Take the pledge, and plunge right into it. Don’t be scared. Go try something new – something you’ve never done before, something you’ve always wanted to try but never had the courage to, something you’ve just seen on TV or heard from friends. Just give it a try. You might actually like it, and that’s a plus.
Stray away from your normal, ordinary, safe, boring path; and lose yourself in the thrill of being in an uncertain road. Do something different; do something interesting. Don’t be content with routine. There’s so much about life and about the world that you should open your eyes to and give your hearts to. Don’t just do the things that you must do but also the things that you want to do. Try something that will make you scream, that will make your heart jump, and more importantly, something that will make you feel genuine happiness and excitement. Get out there, and try something new this year. I’m serious. Enough of being stuck in your pretentiously happy relationship with economics and politics. Those are not the only things you are interested in life; your interests go beyond what the society spits on you. You are more than your rent, your president, your country’s laws, your savings, and your noisy neighbors. Try immersing yourself in something else – something new, something fun – at least for a day.
There is at least one thing you have always wanted to try; and this year, you’re going to finally try it. So, while it’s still January and the new year hype is still in you (I hope), get a piece of paper and a pen. Write down a list of things you want to try this year. It could be a new dish, a new drink, a new restaurant, a new sport, or a new activity. Just write them down. The goal is to cross out at least 3 things off that list before this year ends. You hear me? 3 things. The more, the merrier. The more challenging, the better. Have fun.
Keep the list with you all the time to remind you of the goal and of the need to let loose once in a while. Remember to find fun in life. After all, it’s the start of a new year, so start it right.
What new things are you planning to do this year? Sound off in the comments section.