HAPPY NEW YEAR, PEOPLE!!! It’s pretty much universally agreed that 2016 was an awful year. Too much death, from every sort of problem you can imagine. I feel like we’ve suffered enough, and 2017 has got to be better. It owes us, right?
What I’d usually do at this point is make a long list of resolutions, ranging from achievable goals like learning a new skill, to bigger ones like stopping myself from stressing. Next year, though, is the biggest change I’ve had since I was about 5. I’m going to university. A different education system, a different home, different people that I’ve never met. It’s a scary and exciting prospect, but it means I have no idea how to write a resolutions list. I don’t know what my life is going to be like! What I’ve got instead is this;
And I can try to break that down a bit more.
Something I only realised at the end of high school is how many opportunities I let just pass me by. It was about adjusting to start with, then being busy with school work, having a social life, etc etc. I don’t want that to happen at uni! I want to get out there, join groups, go to parties, and just not be afraid to put myself out there and try new things. More specifically, I want to start playing netball again, and try out a couple of other groups. Ideally I’d like one of these to be something completely new, unlike netball which I’m getting back into. Orientation week should help me work out what there is on offer.
In a social side, I want to be brave by being me. Just go and talk to people, and have the confidence that the person I am is going to be likable to at least some people. Of course not to everyone, but hey, that’s okay! My best friend or my true love could be sitting right there, and I might not have the courage to say anything. I’m not letting that sort of thing pass me by!
It’s also really important that I learn how to ask for help. I talked about this ridiculousness over here, basically saying that I need to stop this stigma about mental health being something to hide, or something that has an easy fix. And next year, even I’m not going to professionals, I want to admit that I’m struggling. Hopefully, of course, my mental health won’t be that bad, but chances are I’ll still need help with things like school work, or my social life, or balancing everything. I want to be brave enough to admit that I’m not a superhero, and let other people help me. It’s hard to learn, but I refuse to let myself crumble because of dumb pride.
Like I said, it’s hard to write set goals because my life is such a mystery for me. Maybe I’ll do some updated goals, who knows? This is what I’ve got for now though! Let me know what your goals are, and link me to your posts if you’ve done one!