I, like many others, think New Year’s Resolutions are kind of silly.
I believe that you should be constantly trying to better yourself every day. There are quite a few habits that I would like to break. Being more punctual, keeping my room cleaner and finally stopping pressing the damn snooze button ten times every morning are a few things that linger on my “get better at this” list.
Maybe it has been growing up, but I’ve slowly become better at being punctual, or at least giving people better estimates on when to expect me. I still haven’t made any progress with room cleanliness or abiding by my alarm clock, but I’m still hopeful that I can accomplish it.
This year, I don’t want to promise to go to the gym or procrastinate less (those are also things I try to work on all year round though) but there is another thing I find more pressing.
I want to challenge myself to write down one sentiment each day - think of it as a daily status update or a tweet - about what goes on.
Over the past six or so years, I have struggled with the thought of keeping a journal. I am always impressed by those who can keep them. I just have such difficulty doing it regularly and fitting in time to my life to write down what I’m living. But I want to be able to look back in a few years and be able to imagine being where I was then, to evoke the feelings I felt, what I was experiencing.
Everything that happens in your life helps to make you who you are. I don’t think time should take away those memories and feelings. I have already experienced so much, and it is so easy for people my age to hit a plateau, to find life unexciting. But keeping those past memories alive, I can’t think of anything more important.
My college career is almost over, and to say I’ve had a good time is a drastic understatement. But as I look into uncertainty and change in the coming year, I want to know how I felt and what happened and as someone with a terrible memory - to have those references to bring everything flooding back.
I’m trying to make this resolution a life change, and as of now, it seems a lot more reasonable that my past attempts to write a journal entry every day.
One sentence. Every day. Let’s go.