I’ve lived through 21 New Year celebrations, and each time I have kept zero of my New Year’s resolutions. Looking back, most of them have been rather stupid. There was never a chance I would eat less Chipotle and cutting back on alcohol wasn’t going to do it (did pretty well that one weekend though). However, I’ve done a lot of growing up in the past year and I think it’s time for a change.
This year’s resolutions are going to be different. They’ll be something that takes work and dedication, resolutions that’ll make this time next year a whole lot more meaningful. In the end, hopefully this year’s resolutions won’t just benefit me, but maybe others as well.
I write these down, not to tell you what you should do, but as a somewhat permanent reminder to myself. These resolutions are goals, goals made public for everyone on the Internet to see. This way, I’ll have some motivation to keep them.
Here are my 5 New Year’s resolutions:
- Talk to those close to me every day.
Preferably in person, but there’s nothing a quick text can’t fix. Personally, I’ve been known to lack in the communication department so this is one I need to work on. On a general scale, it’s a beautiful thing to show someone they’re still important to you. Catching up for every day is a simple, easy way to do so.
- Get to really know those around me, beyond small talk.
Earlier this year a friend and I started to ask each other questions. They were not your everyday, get-to-know-you questions either. It was fun, different, and a good way to really get to know someone. Since then, I’ve done this with a few other friends and it’s really helped better our friendship. This year, it’s my goal to do this with more friends and really get to know them as a person.
- Become a better man for others.
This past year, I got more involved in service and I couldn’t have made a better decision. There’s something about walking alongside someone through their journey that really allows you to gain perspective. I gained an appreciation for simpler aspects of life. Time constraints have restricted my involvement, but I plan to get out there more and be a shoulder for others to lean on. There are people who need it.
- Make time.
I’m known as Mr. Busy, a title I’ve grown to resent. It’s true; I hate laying around, wasting time. Keeping busy keeps me going, gives me an excuse to push myself and explore the opportunities around me. Lately, I’ve been overdoing it. Rarely was I available to be around friends and my own mind was losing its sanity after consecutive 12-14 hour days.
This year, I’m making time for those around me. I’ll be available around more for a round of Mario Kart. I’ll stick around to literally do nothing. I’ll head to the bar for a beer or two with a few friends. I’ll go home for a weekend to hang out with mom and dad more. I’ll make time, because others are more important.
- Figure out what really makes me tick.
In an exchange of questions, a good friend of mine asked me what 5 things made me tick. In other words, 5 things that gave me a feeling like no other. It was an insightful question and, after some thought, I answered. I loved those responses and they’re still true.
However, I don’t know what that one thing that really makes me tick, really brings out the passion out of me. I love of variety of different things and discover new interests every day. Something out there truly calls my name, something that will bring me instant feeling. I don’t know what it is, but this year I’ll start the path to find it.
Tired of having the same resolutions every year? Give these realistic ones some consideration:
- 49 New Year’s Resolutions Twentysomethings Should Consider
- 25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make For 2015
- New Year’s Resolution Remix: 15 Things To Stop Doing In 2015
Happy New Years, everyone. Cheers to a great 2015!