Resolutions for the new year

Happy end of 2017 and beginning of 2018! These years are pretty meaningless, but it offers a good moment for us to reset and reevaluate our values in life. I haven’t had much success in pursuing resolutions, but I was enticed by the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and her extensive lists of monthly resolutions.

These are some changes I would like to see in my life for the next cycle of the Earth around the Sun.

Stop dwelling on the past

To quote Bastille as I often do:

I let myself bathe in the past for way, way, way too long
And now it seems that I’ve drunk too much to give you what you want

I have spent so much of my time thinking about the past, the better times, the better people, the happier self – it’s all a form of toxic comparison of me comparing myself to my past self. Perhaps I’m pursuing a friendship because we were friends during an integral point in my life: it’s not usually a good thing. Even time spent thinking about the past is wasted. I would much rather be living in the present or preparing for the future.

Preparing to run a marathon

I’ve done three halves, but I’m mentally ready for a full. It’s going to be hellish and painful, so all I can do is prepare. Once I am finished with my collegiate rowing career, I will be able to make this a full-time fitness venture. I look forward to having my training schedule open to long runs and strength exercises.

Minimizing my belongings

I’ve been in the process of creating a smaller wardrobe, and I’m getting closer everyday. I only buy essentials and slowly am donating the pointless pieces.

I’ve gotten rid of most of my books, but I still have so many DVDs which go unwatched. With subscriptions to nearly every streaming service, I don’t seek out specific movies unless it’s Halloween-time.

The rest of it is random crap that has no purpose in anyone’s life. The best thing anyone can do at this point is to stop accumulating more things.


What are your new-year resolutions?

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