The Thing About New Year’s Resolutions

So it’s a reality that when December ends and January 1st rolls around, it’s really just another day in your life. You get the people who take this globally recognized holiday as a milestone, a sort of communal boost of motivation to start a new chapter of your life. Then there’s others who simply choose to disregard this concept and just keep chugging on with their lives.

It begs the question–Is there a right or wrong way to treat the concept of the New Year’s resolution? I personally don’t pay much mind to it. I think it’s great to set goals every day, but during New Year’s the culture around goal-setting becomes much stronger, so it’s a great way to get started with working on your goals knowing that a majority of the global community is right there with you.

And what are my goals for the year/New Year’s resolutions, you may ask? (Oh you didn’t ask? Well I’ll write them down anyway!) Here’s five of mine:

  1. Create more. Whether that be writing, photography, videography, drawing…heck, I’ve even been getting into gardening lately!
  2. See more of the world and experience life from all different angles and cultures. Whether that be discovering local hidden gems or traveling somewhere I’ve never been before. I figure this is the best time to do it while I’m in my 20’s! (To be honest, a big influencer for this is my regret over not studying abroad during college). Expect more travel posts in the near future!
  3. Learn a new language. So far at some points in my life I’ve happily had language learning exposure to Spanish, French, Tagalog, Japanese, and Korean. Currently, I’ve been focusing on my conversational Korean. 내 한국말을 어때?
  4. Build stronger relationships. Sure, adulthood can be about learning to be on your own, but I’m making a pact to always keep in mind that “on your own” doesn’t exclude continuing to build upon those relationships that bring positivity and happiness to life.
  5. Do more things that I’m passionate about. This most likely encompasses all of the above plus much more.

So what are your New Year’s resolutions? (If you made any.) And what’s your opinion on the concept of these holiday resolutions?


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