Setting Up Resolutions, 2019.

This is about searching back youth, building confidence and have trust in the future. This is a map drawn into the future, paving ways towards what we hope to achieve this year and the years that follow. This is about not giving up on dreams and making sure that we live each day, purposefully and excitingly. This is me trying.

The first week of the year, it is a good time to lay down the ground rules and goals.

(A) On Work.

It takes conscious effort to stay committed to finding thrill in every working day, every ounce of energy to make sure things get done the way it should, aiming for something close to perfection, putting your heart and soul into becoming better today than yesterday, and this year than the year before.

Leaving excuses behind, however easily we lament about ‘Oh, this is nothing like my dream job!’, or ‘This was a job I held on because I had no choice to’, or ‘I had never wanted to walk down this path’, we leave it behind.

Here we are, for the days forward that we’ll have to face, at least let yourself be on your side, invite excitement in and chase boredom out. You might find new emotions associated with working (or improving at what you do).

” Do what you have to until you can do whatever you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

And before you can do whatever you want to, knowing that you have to do what you have to do, might as well, take in the scenery and enjoy the ride.

(B) Hobby and Passion.

This is tricky. A few years ago, I had no hobby to call my own, no dreamy passion to chase after, and I was ‘happy’ adopting a passive attitude and let the free time just breeze by. I didn’t particularly enjoy doing anything, and searching for one that is was hard. So i let it slide.

Today I have a full list of hobbies I’d like to venture, passions that I’d like to pursue. Yet it could come as overwhelming, given time as a constraint and energy as a limited resource. Maximizing the output (your happiness and achieving some form of success set by yourself) will be the goal. So i had it filtered down to a few.

  1. Journalling and Writing.

    When I write, it feels like I am in another world. I enjoy the peace and serenity that comes along with penning down fleeting thoughts and keeping a record on my life. Because of writing, I had started living more consciously, feeling emotions a little deeper, and seeing things that I’ve never noticed before. So I’ll keep writing, and this year, I’ll want to work on improving my language ability and writing skills. Complete a course on writing, read more books, write more stuff and enjoy!

  2. Photography.

    This is something new to me. A rather reckless decision to splurge on a camera, I’d want to make sure I am getting money worth out of this by learning how to use it and using it well. I have no idea what the best combination of iso-shutterspeed-aperture is for every situation, or how the pictures will come out when I take them, or whether I’d lose the moment in between while I change the settings and adopting the trial-and-error method, but I think it doesn’t matter just yet. I’ll go in as a beginner, take lots of shots, wreck up the settings, and then learn from there. Anyhow, I reckon it’ll be so much fun!

  3. Health and fitness.

    This is not so much a passion, but rather, an intentional act of treating myself better so i can feel better at any moment. Exercising sufficiently and eating healthier options (most of the time) to keep the mind sharp, the health in mint condition, and keeping sickness at bay to have more time for enjoyment. This is for the others.

  4. Reading.

    Last year, I fell short of this goal. This year, I’m setting the same benchmark, 40 books for a year, averaging 3.33 books a month. It’ll be challenging (my best record was 28), but then heck excuses. I’m determined to start with the right mindset- by believing that I can do it.  And I’ve already started on my first book, so yes let’s keep the momentum going!

  5. Blogging.

    Last year, somehow I’ve started this blog. It was something that I had always wanted to do but then procrastinated for later (which the later didn’t come until October last year). I gave a lot of thoughts into how I want my first post to look like, pouring in hours to just write sentences and then delete it after, and also choosing a fancy picture so it’ll feel, well fancy. The thrill was definitely there – the first post, and then the second and then the third and all that follows. It feels like I have something to call my own. And then somewhere along the path, I thought it’ll be so much more meaningful if I’ll put in pictures that I’ve taken myself (however unfanciful it is). I’ve done that ever since the fourth post and I’ll want it to continue. My direction to take? It’ll be a writing journey, sprinkled with a whole lot of sincerity.

This is me trying. To wake up with excitement every day, to work hard on dreams and make them come true, to stay true to myself along the ups and downs, and to fight hard, stand tall and never give up hope.

Life’s an interesting journey, only for those who try. More than just resolutions, they are now our pathways onto chasing dreams and hunting down passions. This year will be good to us, it’ll be fun, so hop on the ride! Thank you for reading! 🙂