We are all guilty of hedonistically squandering away the last few days of the year, when ideally, we could be penning down our ‘New Year Resolutions’. This activity, although shirked by a majority, is imperative, if one wishes to rise up from the realm of stagnation.
It is important to acknowledge at this juncture that creating your list of resolutions can seem like a Herculean task. It requires time and thought devoted to introspection, correction and implementation of corrective action. However, the opportunity of self-learning, self-discovery and self-reformation it provides is immensely rewarding and absolutely worth the effort. Therefore, I vehemently advocate that you get down to this activity before another year flies by and you’re left exactly where you were last year.
The last two days are opportune, and especially more since they happen to be the weekend too.
Resolutions are practical and feasible only if they are individualistic and aim for personal renovation. Thus, I’m not sure if I can help you with your list as a generalised resolutions’ list is frankly, quite pointless. Yet, if I had to suggest the one resolution that each one of us ought to adopt in 2017, it would be this:
The resolve to live, and not just exist.
Science will confirm that since we are all made of matter, we exist. But when our existence becomes meaningful to not just our own sense of being but also to the world around us, we begin to live.Using my personal example to explain this I can say that as I review 2016, I realise that I just existed. I went through a string of failed relationships, depression, poor health and a gnawing sense of under-achievement. As far as contributing to society is concerned, all I can say is that I was so consumed by my own problems, that doing anything for anybody else was a remote, if not absent thought.
But as I stand at the cusp of the new year, I wish to consciously amend my life so that I live and not just exist in 2017. Personally, I want to taste the flavours of life that I’ve been denying myself because of all the over thinking and complicating that I did in 2016. I want a whiff of the aroma of the unexpected. I want to break the negative loop of thoughts that poisoned my mind for a great part of this year and fill my mind space with the optimism of a child. Socially, I want to leave my imprint. It need not be a big change, but in my own little ways, I want to work up to making several small, yet meaningful inputs to my society.
The most difficult step is to take the resolve. If your resolve is potent and firm, implementation happens along the way. In fact, the resolve to live and not just exist will be the easiest to implement as it is the most natural (and ideal) thing for a human being to do. After all, weren’t we all sent to this world to achieve that very end? So let’s do just that in 2017: Stop existing and start living a life of happiness and worth.