Almost every New Year we endure a ritual of making promises to ourselves of things we ought to do and not to do. At the same time, unknowingly, we aspire to be a newly coveted person adored by at least ourselves. However, I know in my case, if I was going to be rated on how well I did in accomplishing last year’s resolution, it wouldn’t be really high. This might be due to my sense of optimism that raises my spirits to bring more challenging and in most cases even unrealistic anticipation. Or did I instead succumb to laziness?
But then again, as 2010 emerges into the picture, certainly many of us will spoil in a bit of navel gazing. We will assess our mistakes, bad habits, and insecurities, and decide to do better in the coming year. While we all know that New Year’s resolutions are easier to enumerate than to hold onto, it doesn’t limit us to from looking forward to a much better and more fruitful year than the previous one.
2009 was rather a lucky year for me in spite of the calamities many of us have been through. Even if some Chinese beliefs, I, having the sign of the stubborn horse, couldn’t get along with the ill-tempered Ox year, I managed to surpass impediments and receive things I love and now enjoy. I got my Nikon camera, set up my own website with my own web space, passed one of my deadliest subjects, received a licensed Windows 7 installer, went to Singapore and Bolinao for vacation, became a full-fledged UP Engineering Radio Guild (UP ERG) and UP Progressive, Responsive, Innovative Movement in Engineering (UP PRIME) member, attended parties seven consecutive nights, bought expensive electronics with my own savings, and found a new love I’ve been caressing since it came.
I believe it’s time again to jot down things I will aim for. Some of these are suggested by Men’s Health magazine. Let’s see if there are unrealistic ones.
1. Improve health and well-being – in short, get fit. For a 19-year-old boy like me, a weight of 120 pounds is not good. Really, from now on I shall have a proper diet. I shall have a lot of protein intake. Actually, I already started drinking Promatrix, a protein blend that has more biologically active protein fractions not found in whey (definition written at the back of the bag). Some of you may react on my decision to drink, but I’m now radically doing all solutions just to gain weight.
2. Spend more time with family and friends. This has been listed for three years, and I’m truly doing well with it. I am not anymore hiding inside my shell. I want to continually improve myself in socializing. My family, on the other hand, has been close to me, and we’ve been having a lot of great times with each other.
3. Be more organized. I shall start synchronizing my biological (virtual) planner with my hard-earned Starbucks planner.
4. Get better grades in school. This is such a cliché. Maybe this would be categorized as one of the unrealistic plans.
5. Help others and share blessings. I believe every Filipino loves this NOW. Just now.
6. Apply for Intership or OJT this summer. Kat, let’s do this!
7. Travel more. Hopefully, my family members and I are going to travel this coming year (crossed fingers). Aside from that, I shall try to travel independent of them. With whom?
8. Do it more. Just do it.
An outstanding and common promise of most users in Men’s Health is quit smoking. I just want to include this sentence for pun intention. Do it guys, strive for it! Fortunately, it won’t apply for me. Sorry, I don’t smoke.
So there, I have eight. How many do you have? Let the Year of the Tiger begin.