New Year: Reflections and Resolutions

Me at Arizona Science Center on the last day of 2017.

Happy New year 😊
Many seem to post reflections and resolutions. I hope whatever you wish for to happen this year will come true and work out for the best for you. As for me, I think I’ve stopped making such resolutions since some time ago, and I’d rather do my reflections on daily basis. I remember the last resolution I made was “No complaining”, and I couldn’t really come up with a better one. Besides, now I focus more on major plans and leave the details to be more flexible.

Nevertheless, if I should think of my 2017, well, I’m still alive, and surviving 😊 And about what I want in 2018, I don’t know. But here is what I want in general, not just because it is another year: I want to be kinder, better, more responsible, more understanding. I hope I can manage and use my time better. I want to bring more happiness for more people. I hope I could do it more sincerely without expecting that the same thing would happen to me. I hope people will be more comfortable around me. I hope I can be less awkward to be with. I wish to hurt nobody or fewer people, if it can’t be helped (I’m not a saint anyway, I should be realistic, too. I’m sorry). I want to be less jealous of what people have but I don’t. I just want to be more grateful and happier. I hope the good outweighs the bad in 2018 and years ahead. And this might be cliche: I wish for a better world and life for everyone. Please be well and healthy. Be happier 😊

Why I want to be happy? Well, I can’t make everyone happy. I can’t always make others happy. So, at least, if I am happy, people don’t have to worry about making me happy so that they can focus on making themselves happy. That way I don’t have to feel bad or guilty for not being able to make them happy.

Me at Tempe Town Lake on the last day of 2017.

And honestly, I’m not sure about this resolution thing anymore. I always make plans. Daily. Weekly. Monthly. Every year. Resolutions every new year? I’m not even sure that I should be happy for getting through another day in my life. I can die anytime, and I know I don’t want to live forever. So making this yearly resolution is too much for me now: Every day is a struggle now that life gets more complicated. (Well, life isn’t, I might be). Anyway. Of course I do know what I want in 2018, but I know that I don’t have to always get what I want; I know I’ll get what I need. I want to feel content with that, make peace with it in case things don’t turn out to be the way I want it to be. I think, that way I can be happier 😊

I wish to travel to more places. I wish to go back to my home country too and renew my passport, get the e-passport. That way I can get visa waiver if I want to visit Japan. Goals. Plans. Not really resolutions.

But what about you? Do you have anything you want to accomplish in 2018? Did you make any resolutions before? Did you achieve all of them?

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