365 days go by so fast. The year ends tonight and with the new year come the resolutions to be better. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t aspire to “New Year, New Me”. A lot of people seem to have decided to take really big steps in their resolutions for 2018 and there’s no reason you shouldn’t too. They could be big or small, it doesn’t matter. The goal here is self betterment and expanding your horizons.
So here are some ideas on what to aspire to in 2018.
• Take up a language. Could be a foreign language or a local one you’re not very good at.
• Learn how to cook all those 3-minute to-go night foods you’re used to buying; like noodles & bread & egg. It may not seem like much in the beginning but it’ll save you a lot of money in the long run.
• Listen to music genres that are usually way out of your interests. You’d be surprised at what you might discover about yourself.
• Ask your crush out on a date.
• Be more expressive. Talk about your feelings more.
• Visit a club or a pub if, like some of us introverts, you haven’t done that yet.
• Learn how to do basic sewing; stitching, sewing buttons back on, stuff like that. Because you might not always have your mother, sister, girlfriend or friend available to fix it for you.
• Re-organise your room. Move things around. Give it a new feel.
• If you own an item of clothing you haven’t worn in a year, give it out. Immediately. If you feel the need to keep stuff that you haven’t used with the excuse that maybe a time might come when you’ll need it, then you my friend probably have a hoarding problem. Do away with that too. Else before you know it you’ll be down to keeping your empty deodorant cans on your dresser for God knows what.
• If your reason for keeping clothes you don’t need is that the clothes don’t fit yet so you’re hoping to lose some weight in order to fit into the clothes, then step to it. Join a gym, take up swimming, go running in the morning or take up other sports. If you’re consistent, you’re going to look and feel significantly lighter by the end of February.
• Learn how to play an instrument. Or learn crafting.
• Do better in school. Don’t slack off so much. Yes, I can almost hear the “School is not for everyone” excuse on your lips and to an extent, I agree. But not everyone is as fortunate as you are to be in school, so if you’re lucky enough to find yourself there what would it hurt to put some more effort into studying harder?
• Have fun with your friends. Have a social life. Especially for bookworms. Not everyday school, sometimes socialise. Make an effort to spend more time with the people who matter to you.
• Talk to your parents more. Spend the weekend with them. Run errands for them without complaining so much. Offer to take their cars to a washing bay. Little things. Be nicer to them; you have no idea the things they’ve sacrificed for you.
• Get a job (if you haven’t already) and start saving towards the future you want.
• Open an Investment Account.
• Enrich your palate. Try food you wouldn’t usually eat. You could make a little adventure of it & visit foreign restaurants with your friends. Ghana is crawling with foreign diners & restaurants now. You won’t have a hard time finding one.
• Enrich your mind. Read one book a month if you don’t read at all. It’s never too late to pick up the hobby of reading.
• Oh and reward yourself! Resolutions are easier to stick to when you know there’s a treat attached.
• But most of all have fun in everything you do. As much as it would do you well to prepare for the future, you should live in the moment too. All of the fun & all of the happiness is in the current moment because no one knows what the future holds. It would be a shame if you let your youth pass you by. We’re young & the world is ours to explore.
So Happy New Year guys! May the year be everything we expect!