Yeah, I know, it is that time of the year again. Most are too eager to make extraordinary, presumably life-changing, New Year’s resolution which are forgotten on day 2 of the New Year. Knowing that, I never bothered to make any resolutions. However, even if we don’t succeed in keeping (way too often) the promises we made to ourselves, I still think it is important to try. We become aware of problems and things that need improvement and is the first step towards achieving one’s goals.
2014 was a stressful year to me, just as 2013 was. In the last few weeks I came to the conclusion that I need to change certain aspects of my life, behaviour and thought-patterns for the sake of my overall well-being (which has been emphasised by my Orthopaedist as well). I’m a perfectionist and workaholic. While both characteristics have their advantages, the disadvantages dominated the last few months. Have you ever felt defeated by life? Well, that feeling was the dominant one for a longer part of 2014 than I want to admit. Long story short, I decided to take time off from Univ. during the summer term (However, I’ll continue to work… because bills need to be paid, you know). I’ll be honest, a part of me still bargains with the rest ‘ok but why not take just one seminar? Or wait now you’ll have the time to attend seminars to learn a new language or two just as you always wanted’. I never thought it could be so difficult to convince myself to take some time off.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I plan on doing with all my free time and what I can do to improve my health. So here is a list with things I want to do in 2015 for myself.
1. De-clutter my life.
There are all kinds of habits and things I do or don’t do that only complicate my life (procrastination anyone?). So I try to re-evaluate my habits and daily routines to see what is just fucking my life up. Do I really need to go out several times a week and procrastinate important stuff knowing I’ll regret this decision later on? After browsing through the www I’ve read many advices that claim that a structured day not only increases productivity, it also increases the overall well-being. By setting the time and day when to do the necessary, non-entertaining stuff, I have more time for my hobbies and things that do make fun.
2. De-clutter my belongings.
I’m a hoarder. Of many, many things. Again. Smart people and (self-proclaimed) experts all over the internet emphasise how de-cluttering can be liberating. Since I’m planning to move into a different place in February, I’ll take the chance to de-clutter my stuff (including some of my geeky things). You won’t see me to stop adding stuff to my Tolkien collection, however, I try to be more choosy (quality over quantity, right?). I also plan on getting an e-book so my bookshelf won’t explode. Only books by my favourite authors will have the honour to be bought as printed versions.
3. Exercise more.
One of the things I love doing when travelling is to explore the new region by foot. While renting a car or using local public transport has its own charming moments, it is not the same as discovering a half-hidden shop/tourist attraction in a tiny street that you missed if you were exploring the city by car. Another advantage of walking (and hiking) is health. Last week, I’ve been to my Orthopaedist and was told that I really, really need to exercise in order to improve my health (indirectly caused by my disability). I was also told that I need to find something I can bring myself to do on a regular basis. I’m not going to fool myself into thinking that getting a gym-membership will make me exercise. It won’t and I’ll just end up wasting money on a service I wouldn’t use. There are, however, 2 things I enjoy and find emotionally therapeutic as well: hiking/walking and swimming. These are exactly the 2 things I’ll do as often as possible. I’ve reached a point in my health where I have to start exercising, otherwise it’ll get seriously problematic on the long term.
4. Eat well.
My eating habits are horrible. Either I under-eat or over-eat, both caused by stress. Not only is the amount of food unhealthy, but the type as well. You don’t need any details, but I should really eat more un-processed whole foods and drink more water while keeping in mind to eat the right amount for my body and life-style.
That is it. These are the 4 main things I plan on working on in 2015. The rest, such as happiness, will come automatically if I persevere. My idea was to work on my overall health, but not to plan anything else for once. Am I going to travel? I don’t know. Am I going to focus more on my art? Maybe. I really just want to wait and see what life brings.