All and all, I have had a good year, and I am thankful. Still, I think that next year can be better. Here’s how:
FAITH – I’m happy being a Muslim, but my practice could use a little more practice.
FAMILY – Reach out to the distant ones. Get closer to the immediate ones. Stay in better contact with friends, the chosen ones. Give more love to all of them.
FITNESS – Let’s just say that most of the pictures I’ve taken as of late have been from the shoulder up; this is no coincidence.
FINANCE – I have gotten a little splurge-y lately, so I’m going to reign that in. Also, I will try to pay off, in full, 1 of 2 student loans that I have. This is super ambitious considering the amount, but I feel inspired by a friend who finished paying off her loans this year.
FUTURE – Set more goals. Make a few plans. But always know where the exits are (wink, wink).
I hesitate to add anything more to this list, even to feed my need for alliteration. If I can pull off these five, that will be quite an accomplishment. Besides, they are broad enough; if I wanted to include anything else, I’m sure I could rationalize said addition falling into one of the above categories. I don’t want to go overbroad. I’m [re]new to this.
I stopped making resolutions a few years back. It seemed like too much pressure, and it was a big illusion anyway. Why and how would the changing of one year to the next, via one day to the next, via one minute to the next, totally transform the way I lived my life? I would suddenly break old habits and start new ones? I would instantaneously abandon more pedestrian interests in pursuit of elevated endeavors? I would leave the past behind and start anew? Yeah right! I knew better.
Yet, I wasn’t as clever as I thought. While I nixed the NY resolutions, I suddenly began setting birthday “goals” that I would attempt to fulfill until my next birthday – a year later. So I took the same illusion and moved it out by 6 months. Revolutionary. I’m back to December 31, setting intentions, making resolutions – whatever I want to call it. I’m thankful for a chance to start fresh – even if it is an illusion. But I am not fooled. I know there is nothing magical that occurs between 11:59pm tonight and 12:00am tomorrow morning. If I am to have any success with these intentions/resolutions, the magic will have to come from me.