I don’t think of myself as a resolution type of person, but inevitably, the end of the year is a good time to sit down and reflect if for no other reason than the free time that seems to come about during the holidays.
After reflecting on 2018, I decided that it was a good year, but it was without a doubt, it had been a work year. Back in January, I knew that 2018 would need to be the year I found my next job and the year when I would finish the bulk of my MBA. If that wasn’t enough, throughout the year, I set some pretty ambitious goals for reading, exercise, additional learning and setting my first alarm for 5 am. While nobody is perfect, I ended 2018 satisfied with the progress that I had made. Nevertheless, I realized that something had fallen to the wayside, play. Between night classes, random car repairs and other everyday obligations, I had missed the mark on having fun.
Ever since I started college, I have tried not to get lost in the idea of being too busy to have fun. Watching people study away the entire weekend just didn’t sound like the college experience I wanted. Since then, playing has been something of a habit. I always try to visit a new country every year, make a point to see old friends and get outside as much as possible. Not infrequently, I fail to achieve as much as I want, but aiming too high normally provides satisfying results. While 2018 was definitely still a good year (I like found a great job and am getting close to finishing school), I definitely missed the mark on all these goals by prioritizing obligations over activities. So, in December, I decided that 2019 required some ambitious goals.
I decided to focus on my original goals: visit a new country, travel to see friends and get outside more. Before the year had even started I was well on my way with a list of at least 12 cities to visit and 12 outdoor/adventure activities. All of these combined with the habits I formed last year, trying to graduate and the everyday obligations might be a little ambitious, but again, aiming high seems to provide good results even when I fail.
While I realize that you may be reading this at any time of the year, I’d encourage you to take a minute to reflect on what has been missing. You might be like me and realize that you’re not prioritizing properly. Maybe you will realize that you are getting everything done you want to… But if that’s the case I’ll have to suggest that you dream up some more ambitious goals.
It can’t be stressed enough how important these things are. Too often I talk to people who lost track of their friends or spent years without taking a vacation simply because they couldn’t find the time. One year becomes two years and two years quickly becomes a habit. Obligations outweighing action.
Whether you need to get out more, work more or pray more, any time of year is a good time to sit down and reflect on what has been going well and what could be going better.
Best of luck & aim high.
For anyone interested, here’s my 2019 list:
New York City, USA
More to be added…
Road trip with a friend
Visit a National Park