So I decided to move my January 1 to March 1.
"How?" You ask.
"By moving it."
"Why?" You ask.
"Because I can."
Let me tell you a bit of how my early days in January went...
I participated in the communal pretense; acting as if I felt inspired to jump off the bed on the morning of January 1 to do something really meaningful that would impact the remaining 364 days in 2018. Most importantly, to do it without procrastination. (This assignment felt almost "impossican't.")
I also put on the facade that I had set goals for the year...
I knew that deep within myself, if I wrote any goals on January 1, it was because it was January 1 and because, everyone else was doing it, not that I had any intention of acting on them. I needed more time to think and to write my goals for this year.
Additionally, 2017 was so good to me and it was hard for me to let go...
I know this may sound ridiculous to some but, it was a great year for me and I couldn't relate to all these memes and pictures that diminished 2017 to shed light into 2018. I found it difficult to jump into a new feeling or desire to achieve a new goal. I was still holding onto the goodness of 2017 emotionally and it was a struggle because almost everyone around me was excited with this idea that; because its January 2018, it has to be a blank slate.
Also, to be honest, I did not particularly feel new...
If anything, I was exhausted from the tons of things that I had to do again as the world moved on... New me would be travelling to mars just to take a nap for 2 hours without hearing a pin drop... (maybe not a new me but new everything around me.)
To heighten my nonchalant attitude to this mentality of "new year new me," I felt absolutely grumpy because I knew that realistically, nothing around me changed. The routine followed the same pattern as last year; work on Monday, school resumption and all that.
Just in case you skipped the paragraphs before this; I'll summarize it for you one sentence;
"Who the bleep are we kidding with this new year new me thingie?"
This January, I decided that I will take time to I resolve how I truly felt about this idea of New Year New Me. I also decided that the first two months will be for experimenting samples of things that I want to do during the rest of 2018. I continued my habits, started seeing a shrink, started to do so many things that pleased me like eating junks without guilt.... And then around the end of February, boom, the magic of new year happened and I became clear on my goals.
Here is a summary of my 2018 goals...(These are just some of my goals, not all.)
Start going to the gym on March 1
Go forward natural (cut my hair - see the picture below)
Complete my 3rd book and send it to Andrew Mcmeel Publishers by August 1
Read 50 books by the end of the year
Increase and develop my management skills by taking classes and internships
Have more meaningful conversations with people that will benefit me spiritually
Maintain friendships and hang out at least once per-month
Save bleep amount by the end of the year
By the end of the year, I will come back with a report of what I have achieved and what is left. Also, I plan to finish my year earlier than everyone else. I will end my 2018 in November. December will be for evaluations.
So far, I am pleased with how I feel about 2018 and I am also happy that I started my new year in March. I don't feel rushed. Starting this year differently has allowed me to prepare well, especially mentally, for whatever is ahead in the upcoming months.
So cheers to the new year!🥂