As this year comes to a close, all I hear anyone talk about is how grateful they are that such a snafu of a year is ending. After listening to this commotion, I myself began to start feeling that 2017 was indeed one of the worst years of my life. Yet, when I actually took time to reflect on my personal 2017, it was quite a great year. Yes, if you have similar political ideologies and personal beliefs as me, the world as a whole had a rough year, but most of the chaos is out of my control. The year that I did control, the year that I lived, was a wonderful one. I must remind myself that every time I look back at this year with the negative grudge everyone seems to be feeling.
I asked myself: how can I ensure that 2018 does not become such an awful year? Even if it is not bad personally, how can I remind myself that when the world begins to fall? I refuse to let uncontrollable factors determine my overall feeling towards this next year. So I came up with an achievable New Year’s resolution.
At the end of every day, I will write down in a journal one thing that made me happy. My dad suggested three things, but I decided that would require too much of me and I would eventually quit, just as most resolutions die. By the end of 2018, I will have 365 happy memories written down. This way, no matter what horrid things happen this year, 2018 will be remembered with positive feelings.
I suggest all of us make some effort to avoid another 2017. Don’t let things out of our control make or break our year. Let’s try to see the bright parts of this upcoming year rather than focusing on the negative, and, hopefully, we can evade a repeat of this previous year.
Happy New Year to my few readers. Good luck!