Last year, I set no resolutions, other than to Exercise and Lose Weight. (I am perpetually pledging to lose weight, and the number of kilos I want to drop just gets higher each year.) And though I doodled a massive banner on my diary to usher in the new year — “2014: The Year of Magical Living” — the reality was lacklustre and plateau-y.
To be honest, I spent most of my 2014 days happy (with a few periods of intense anger and self-loathing in between).
But it was a forgettable, hazy sort of happy. The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge apparently (I can’t find where he supposedly said this) said: “Happiness is a hound dog in the sun. We are not here to be happy but to experience great and wonderful things.”
So here’s to a year of Great and Wonderful.
(I know we’re more than halfway through January, but the Resolving of Resolutions is a year-long affair, so I don’t think this is too late.)
- READING | At least one fiction and one non-fiction book a month
Since I left college, my reading habits have been deplorable. I’ve not completed a non-fiction book since I started work. As for my literary tastes, they pretty much revolve around the same high-intensity, mystery-tinged set of books. I’m hoping to broaden the ideas I expose myself to.
- WRITING | Finish my screenplay / write in my diary weekly / learn more about film reviewing
I just need to finish it and stop pretending there’s going to be a great sabbatical in which I can do writerly things like drinking coffee I don’t like. I also journaled erratically and as a result, I think I’ve missed out on a lot of moments of reflection. Last year I also watched more than 60 films; I’d like to learn more about film reviewing and visual techniques so I can analyse the movies I watch better.
- EXERCISE | Run a half-marathon by November
I’m a little scared about this one, but I figure that in order for me to get to this stage by November, I have to be doing some pretty regular running. Admittedly I have not sat down and figured out a schedule yet, but I will by the end of the month.
- PHOTOGRAPHY | Learn how to use a Speedlite and more about colour-correcting
I’ve hit a roadblock in what I’m trying to do photography-wise. I’ve had my Speedlite sitting in my bag for the longest time; it’s time to figure out what to do with it.
These are only the quantifiable things! I’d also like to show more love to the people around me: those I already care for, and the strangers in my midst.
And yes, I’d like to blog more regularly too.