I’m not much one for new year’s resolutions because I dislike the idea that resolutions generally happen on new year’s, and that I generally allow myself to fail them because trying to keep track of and succeed at so many resolutions is overwhelming (excuses, excuses, I know!).
Instead, I choose to make my resolutions throughout the year and try to stick by them. Resolutions are not easy to keep, no matter the time of year you make them.
This year, I will continue my streak of non-new-year-resolutions (albeit, I have my ever-standing goals to be a better photographer, write more, and lose 15 lbs.). Instead, I give you a wish from Neil Gaiman, who summed up my thoughts excellently in one of his yearly wishes (this one is from 2012):
It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world.
So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them.
And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation.
So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.
– Neil Gaiman, New Year’s Wish, December 31, 2012
Cheers to 2015, my friends.