I normally never make New Year’s resolutions because I go into them knowing full well I most likely won’t keep them. But as I finish up what was probably the strangest year of my life and look at the fact that I am turning the corner a few months into this pending new year and entering my 30s…I’ve decided that I need to make some changes. By publicly posting these goals and ambitions for 2014, maybe…just maybe, I will shame myself into following through with my visions.
First off, don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m going to be selfish this year. I am going to focus on bettering myself and making myself happy instead of constantly focusing on pleasing those around me. Life is too short to not do what you want with your life.
Secondly, life has started to feel a bit stale. It’s time I learn some new things and polish up on some old. I’m not going to be afraid to do random things by myself, if I can’t find someone to take that canyoneering course with me, well hell, I’ll do it by myself. I’m going to take that adult creative writing class even though the idea terrifies me and my writing has gone to hell in a hand basket. I will become a certified open water diver, learn to knit actual things and not just strange swatches, and I will learn more about wine because it is delicious and simply that. I’ll do whatever strikes my fancy.
I will not feel bad about the fact that I haven’t used my gym membership in months, instead, I will cancel it and get my exercise elsewhere. I will hike, kayak, bike, and adventure myself into whatever shape I choose to be in. There is no weight goal, just as long as I feel somewhat healthy.
I’m going to take a freaking vacation. The last decade the vacation circuit consisted of traveling for weddings, going home to the Seattle area to visit family, and traveling for work…which I did a lot of this year. So instead of putting a down-payment on a house, I’m giving myself a 30th Birthday present and I’m going to Belize (I think, or wherever the wind takes me) I’m going to experience a new place, kayak through caves, hike through the jungle, and have a stress-free cocktail on the beach. I will put that scuba certification to use and I will not feel guilty about spending too much money on a two-week slice of happiness.
I will be unapologetic about being myself. I will not let constructive criticism bother me and I will not let destructive criticism phase me. I will refrain from obsessing about the past and try to live life with minimal regret. I will enjoy being single and not seek to change that status…if love is meant to be it will find me at my happiest.
And lastly, I will refrain from publishing anymore sappy long rants involving New Years Eve for the foreseeable future.
My first step in this crazy year was purchasing the open water certification course…Happy New Year to everyone, may you have a year of discovery and excitement.