It used to be a tradition that at the end of every year, people would make up a list of “New Year’s Resolutions” – things they had planned to accomplish in the following year. You heard friends talk about these all the time, and it was a huge thing at family gatherings – the plans of improving each other’s lives in the following 12-month period. It seems this tradition has slowly been falling away over time due to an increase in the societal view of “instant gratification” and “speedy results”. Perhaps people think that if it doesn’t happen right now, that it may never happen. I can understand the need to make every second precious and every moment count, but sometimes it goes against the total amount of sanity the person has and how far they are pushing to achieve said goals.
What would I resolve to do in 2014? I can resolve to do anything I want to do, but unless the follow-through is there, it’ll never happen. There are things I would like to be able to do, but I have to be realistic in my expectations – not everything I WANT to do will I be able TO do. I would love to take a month off, drop down in the middle of Tokyo and purposefully get lost to experience culture. Would that possibly happen? Given my current financial state, it’s not likely at all, but I can want it anyway – it’s just not a very healthy want, because again, you have to be realistic.
One thing I have attached to my life belief is that you may not get what you want in life, but with faith, you will have what you NEED. Now granted, the “need” is different depending on who you ask, and what you ask about, but it comes down to just how materialistic we truly are as individuals. What is it that we truly NEED in our lives? I have some idea of what I NEED, and I already have it, so the rest falls down into a list of wants and would-be-nice piles. I have passed on a lot of things I could have because I felt I didn’t NEED them – they would be nice, but what if something came along that I did need for a reason and I gave in to what I wanted instead? Then what? Maybe that’s one of those “it comes with age and maturity” questions that is very subjective.
So I guess in the end, my resolution is to be happy – and to make others happy as much as I can.