7 Things I wont do in 2018 and you shouldn’t too
Okay. So 2017 is over. My resolutions are still the same. My habit of procrastinating to tomorrow is still the same. I am still overweight and the plans and goals I set for the year are still a sketch.
But there’s this weird relief that my stories resonate with almost everyone on earth (Well not The Rock, or Hugh Jackman, or Virat Kohli, or Novak Djokovic or any every other person who are kicking asses in their domains)
That however, doesn’t mean we did not try. That doesn’t mean we were not motivated. We were. Just the intensity of that motivation fluctuated. There were days when we moved mountains too, and there were days we were a potato. Raw-unused-that-grows-roots-on-itself potato.
To me, 2017 has been special to me because of this blog and the possibilities of ideas that came with it. So yes I still don’t know what my goals are or where I would like to see myself in next 5 years. All I know is the things I enjoy doing, things I don’t and things that make my life miserable.
And I know you might enjoy other things and might dislike what I don’t, But the misery comes in similar packages to all. Here is the list of things that has brought me nothing but pain, melancholy, discomfort and i have been berated by my boss, girlfriend, parents or all three of them at the same time because of some of my habits. So here is the list of things i wont be taking with me to this new year.
Promising something I can’t fulfill
Boss: When will this assignment be over?
Me: By end of this week boss.
Mom: We have a small gathering this weekend. Be there
Me: Sure thing Ma.
Girl: Let’s catch a late night movie this weekend, you are free, right?
Me: Always for you
After having promised to three different people about my weekend, I still believed I would make it to everything. Obviously I could not, and under the stress of being present for three different things, I didn’t complete even one. And the evening was full of unreturned calls and unread angry texts.
This has been story of my life for past one year and if press my mind a bit hard, this has been my story since the start, chain of unachievable targets and broken promises. So, this is one thing I won’t repeat this year. I am not going to commit what I cannot deliver. And I guess you should too.
Not reading enough
There is no better add-value than reading. Till this day, I have spent my whole free time scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Quora, and Reddit and when I got bored, I scrolled through mobile apps of Facebook, Instagram, twitter, quora and reddit. Are you with me on this?
While this activity has been fun and kept my meme game strong, I have ignorantly (emphasis on this adjective) missed all the great books of past year and the feels and experiences that came with them.
So this is something else I don’t want to be repeating again. I will read more and scroll less. I will imagine more and binge-watch less. And so should you.
Not writing enough
Well, Clearly I don’t have any idea, if I am a writer material but I do see myself as one. And while mustering the inspiration to write more interestingly, I have scorched through the interviews and podcasts of Stephen King.
In one of his interviews, the legend has beautifully emphasized upon the significance of daily writing.
Writing is not just an art. It is a skill. It is an anchor that keeps your values around. If you cant imagine anything to write, Write about yourself. This way will have seen yourself from third person’s point of view, and isn’t that the best thing, things we all crave for, to be able to know what are we seen as?
Not planning my budget
Yes, I know where my money went. No I don’t fall behind my bills. No I don’t get broke. Yes I save a portion of my monthly income
I wish to say this soon. I am planning my budget right away now. Infact I am thinking about it as I am typing. I need to start cooking at home.
Using Credit Card
This not-to-do pointer goes hand in hand with the previous one. Sure, you can use credit card. As a matter of fact, credit cards were designed to make lives easier. However, I partly believe in not buying stuff I cannot afford and seriously, it is like promising something you won’t know if you will deliver.
I mean what if you quit your job because you got seriously sick. What if you decided to take sabbatical for a course you wanted to pursue. What if you want to live a nomad life and decide to live in a jungle. Well if you are short on credit, you get stuck to a place, which assures you monthly payment so that you can pay for a luxury you bought six months ago which has become obsolete to you by now.
Not skipping work
I mean I already do, but I want to do so moooore.
I have been out of college since mid 2016 and I have learnt a lot in these months, but what I am talking about here is the objective stuffs- The certifications, the online courses, the foreign languages, Swimming, How to not stammer while talking to girls, how to keep calm when crush is around, how to pick up calls which I don’t want to pick up. SO MANY THINGS TO LEARN.