New Year’s Resolutions for Everyone

A new year is upon us! You know what that means? The New Year’s resolutions are pouring in. Now if you’re anything like me, your New Year’s resolutions last about a month, maybe two if you’re lucky. Honestly? I have never liked making resolutions, because to me, you can make a change at any time of the year. But I will admit that there is nothing like a new year to make you want to start over and create a new you. However, creating a “new you” is more than just losing those pesky extra 10 pounds, spending less money, and getting organized. All of those things are great, and they contribute a lot to that “new you.” But more often than not, the biggest changes in life can be created by the smallest actions.

 

So here, in no particular order, is my list of smaller resolutions that are so small they will make the biggest changes. And the best part? Everyone can keep them throughout the year.

 

  • Always carry $20 with you. It’s good to have an emergency fund.
  • Keep a lighter (even if you don’t smoke), and Vaseline in your car. If you ever find yourself stranded, this can provide the resources for warmth or a signal.
  • Ask every person you speak to how their day is going. Genuinely ask them with the intention of learning how their day is. Be sincere and listen to what they have to say. Ask your coworkers. Ask your distant friend. Ask everyone.
  • Make it a priority to take photographs. Take pictures whenever you’re with family and friends. Take pictures on the important days. Take pictures of yourself when you’re happy, excited, and feeling confident. Take these photographs because out of the billions of people on this planet, there is only one of you… watch yourself grow. Not only that, photographs keep memories of precious moments alive.
  • Stay in contact with your parents. Don’t waste your time hating them. They’re the whole reason you’re here. They love you, and only want the best for you. Talk to them. Get to know them. Be their friend.
  • Cutting your skin, drinking away your sorrows, abusing drugs, hurting yourself, and hurting others, will not set your demons free. Open your heart, mind, eyes, and soul to the people who love you and to the world around you.
  • Be aggressive, but be gentle about it. Take a stand for what you believe in. Nobody hears your voice if you choose to stay silent. But don’t be rude about it either, because that only pushes people away. When half your school laughs at you (there will always be people who laugh), take it with pride. Someone agrees, even if they’re too scared to say so.
  • Respect everybody. We are all human; therefore, we are not perfect. But that’s the beauty of being human. We all deserve respect. You never know what someone is going through until you walk in their shoes.
  • While I’m on this note, nobody knows anybody completely. So don’t be so quick to judge.
  • Wearing black will ALWAYS make you feel better about yourself. It’s a powerful color, and I often find that wearing it boosts my confidence. It’s a slimming color and it’s not boring because it will match with everything. Black is a great color, so try to wear more of it.
  • Always tip! Whether it’s the waiter/waitress at a restaurant, or a piece of advice (when asked for it). This goes along with giving. Give all that you can. You never know how much you could be helping someone. But only help those who want to help themselves.
  • Change is the only thing that is constant in life. Ironic huh? Do not allow that to bother you. It is inevitable. There is no escaping it; so embrace change and move with it, whichever direction it chooses to take you.
  • Make a point to smile! Smile at strangers. Smile at your friends and family. Smile at the person in the car next to you at stoplights. Smile when you’re alone. Smile even when it’s hard to.
  • Body image means absolutely nothing. So throw away the notion that you have to be a specific size to be loved. You are unique and you are beautiful. Hating yourself will not turn you into a person who loves yourself.
  • Don’t hold grudges. Don’t allow yourself to hate anybody. Yes, you always have the choice between letting the past get in the way of your future, and taking the highroad and moving on. Forgive those who have hurt you. Learn to love your enemies. Learn from them, too. If anything, learn how you don’t want to be. But, believe that a beautiful human exists in that person. Wish them well.
  • Drink water. Lots of it! You have no idea how good water is for you.
  • Don’t allow the opinions of others to guide your path and shape your future. Live for you and only you.
  • Sing all the time, and dance every day. Sing off key and in a silly voice. Sing like you’re on stage. Hell, have a concert in your living room using a spatula as the microphone, and dance like a crazy person.
  • Take your time when thinking things through.
  • You have probably read this everywhere, but go to a party with your friends and stay sober. Notice the risks your friends take when the alcohol makes them invincible, and they think they won’t remember anything the next day. Listen to them when they begin to open up to you. Never talk about these moments. Keep them to yourself. You’ll discover more about people than what they choose to show you, and because of that, you need to respect their secrets.
  • Start driving in one direction on the highway after school or work one day. Pretend you’re running away. Blast bad and good music and sing along at the top of your lungs. It’s a great feeling. Stop when your mom calls you to come home, but bring something back for your siblings. Show them there’s nothing wrong with escaping life once in a while.
  • Kiss your best friend! You guys will laugh about it later, but it will never fail to make you guys smile.
  • Take chances. As many as you can. It takes away the “what if’s” in life. You’ll be happier. Inspire others to take chances too.
  • Take away the glorification in perfectionism! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Make the kind of mistakes that cause your life to explode. But do not do this if you have no intention of learning from them. Only when you fall, will you find out that you can pick yourself back up. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.
  • Maybe this is because I have a thing about rooftops, but sit on a roof with someone and talk for hours. Forget about going out, and instead tell your story and talk about your beliefs and desires. Let your guard down and free yourself. But please don’t forget to listen.
  • Become someone you’re not for a while. Buy a record player or combat boots. Wear all black or neon. Dye your hair crazy colors and read different publications. Don’t care when people laugh at you, because you know what? You’re obviously making an impression if they’re taking the time out of their day to talk about you.
  • Make wishes on shooting stars, with fallen eye-lashes, at 11:11, and in tunnels while driving. Wear your pajamas both backwards and inside out with a spoon under your pillow, in the hopes of making it snow. Believe in anything. Believe in everything. Open every book you come across that catches your eye, and see past every obstacle. You’ll never look like this, move like this, or think like this again.
  • Never, ever, lose your faith. Question it… even challenge it. But never lose it.

 

I hope all of you have a wonderful 2016!

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