When the clock strikes midnight each year, my stomach drops and I get this crazy sensation and even worry that yet another year has flown by right before my eyes. When you take a second to reflect, it’s actually astonishing how so much can happen in one short year. 2012 for me could be described as rocky, yet a million things happened to make it exciting all at the same time. I do not really believe in new years resolutions, however I do think it is important to make changes that will improve our lives, and not just one year. The key to a great year consists of a few little things that will automatically make us happier.
- Do not sweat the small things: Learn to be able to let the little things that bother you slide by because in the long run they are not worth your aggravation and they most certainly are not worth fighting over. Going with the flow is the best method to live your life, because there are no expectations, and therefore no disappointment.
- Prioritize: Determining which things are most important to do at specific times is crucial to enjoying your life. Sometimes that means studying for an exam instead of going to a party, or sometimes it means canceling a night with your guy in order to help a friend who is in need of a little cheering up. There is no exact order at which certain tasks should be ranked in importance, for situations change all the time and it is up to you to do what is best for yourself and those around you.
- Take risks: Our lives are built up on memories and the only way to make our memories, well memorable, is by doing things we wouldn’t normally do and by going places you have never been. It is very important to step outside your comfort zone and try new things, whether it be joining a new club, learning to dance, going on a date, or even exploring the rainforest of South America.
- Accept change: Believe it or not, change is inevitable and it is what makes our lives healthy and lively. To be in a strict routine is not a proper way to live, for your life becomes stagnant and without purpose. There is no doubt that change can be hard, but as long as you embrace it and accept it as much as you can, transition won’t be as hard. Let go of all the hate and resentment, forget those who have wronged you, and look forward to a better chapter.
No matter how amazing, challenging, awful, or exciting 2012 was for you, this next year will for certain be an improvement on the last and we only have great things in front of us! I am certainly looking forward to spending time with friends (old and new), starting a new research position, and trying new things that will allow me to enjoy my life. 2013 will be our year and I can’t wait to see what is in store. Cheers to a wonderful new year!