I dislike how there is a negative connotation around New Year’s Resolutions. The most common ones that I’ve heard are to be healthier, which includes eating better and working out. I have made these resolutions before and for the most part I succeed. Except for this one time where I gave up in the middle of September because I was just over it. But I tend to take these resolutions seriously. One of my big goals in 2021 was to read more. I was so bad at reading that my goal was to just finish one book on my own. Then I enjoyed the journey and hopefully by the time this blog is posted I have finished my tenth book of 2021. I’ve also been going to the gym at least three times a week with steady improvement over the past five months. So despite the pandemic changing my plans a little, I still felt like I did some productive things throughout the year. Now comes 2022. And I’ve decided to make this my grind year.
First, I will take school more seriously. I will become a full-time student again. Finally, I am planning to declare my major. I want to reestablish my passion for learning new things and taking in more knowledge. I want to focus more on making it a mindset and habit to seek out more information than to try to keep my 4.0 GPA. School isn’t for everyone, but before I just give up on it and leave it alone, I’ve decided to push for it one more time and see where it takes me.
Second, like everyone else, I want to be healthier. I’ve been consistent in going to the gym and I want to continue it into the new year. I would like to reach two plates on the three main lifts. So basically I want to be able to back squat, deadlift, and bench press 225 pounds at some point throughout the year. I am nowhere near close to doing it because I haven’t hit two plates ever on any of those lifts, but I am confident I’ll reach it eventually. It’s just a matter of how hard I will work and make time for it. Now the numbers of my lifts don’t mean too much to me. What matters more is my physical condition. I do want to reach and stay at around 140 lbs with a fit build. While I am still a teenager, I want to take advantage of my healthy, growing body to discipline and develop my body the best I can. And that includes one of the more unrealistic goals of 2022, which is to grow taller. I’m not completely sure how to do it, but like my other desires, I’ll find a way.
Lastly, I want to improve upon my creativity and artistic side. This includes writing, reading, acting, and singing. I’ll do this by putting myself out there more. It can be terrifying putting yourself out there for others to judge, but it can also be rewarding. For instance, I never realized how fun it was to perform in front of others until I was on stage and playing a part in a theatre production. I remember standing on my high school theatre stage on the last day of a play in which I was the lead. Even as late as it was and everyone had already left, just being on that stage I felt an insane amount of power and an atmosphere I had never felt anywhere else. The air in the large space was fickle but you could feel it flow from one row of seats to another to the wings to the lobby and coming all the way back to you on stage. One way I get to perform again is by joining the music team at my church. I have joined as a back-up vocalist and I’m excited to see how I can grow in that way. Plus, I also think it would be fun to learn an instrument or to practice dancing. I also hope to join some sort of theatrical experience whether it be a club, production, class, etc. I don’t ever want to lose my passion and respect for the arts, so to better appreciate it I want to be taking part in the arts the best I can.
Although these aren’t all my goals for the new year, I just wanted to share a few in hopes to inspire any of you to make some goals for yourselves. I hope you don’t think badly about New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, I think it would be great if everyone made their own resolutions. No matter how big or small, a resolution is a resolution. If you accomplish it, hats off to you. If you have to put it on hold or have to change it up, I’m glad you at least gave it some thought. I like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. Whether or not you have any, I’m praying for a healthy and fun new year where we all strive to be better versions of ourselves and spread joy and love to others around us. Happy New Year!