I’m not a fan of the phrase ‘New Years resolutions’, it sounds too much like something already doomed to fail. But sometimes its helpful to set yourself some goals or guidelines in life. It just so happens winter has been a reflective period for me coinciding nicely with the New Year custom of fresh starts. So here are five of my precepts for 2015 (and beyond):
- Be kind to yourself; and you will have the reserves and empathy to be kind to others
- “Be kind to my mistakes” – sang Kate Bush). It’s OK to try, fail, mess up, change your mind. After all this is how we grow and learn.
- Live like nobody’s watching: neither audience nor jury. Don’t curb yourself to try to fit in, own your weirdness. In the immortal words of Kurt Cobain “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not”.
- Just because you ‘can’, doesn’t mean you ‘should’: and doing something because you can isn’t the same as doing something because you want to. You always have a choice, (strike ‘should’ from your vocabulary).
- “We are our choices“- J.P Satre : So don’t let anyone else make them for you. And when decision-making, “this above all to thine own self be true”. (The best advice Shakespeare ever gave me from a Star Trek character.)
And I’ll throw in one extra for good measure, this one’s more of a challenge:
- Do more things you’ve always wanted to – Especially the things you thought you couldn’t, or were afraid to try. These just might turn out to be the things you’ll love most.
Many thanks to Baz Renshaw for his Trek edits of my space fairy lights!
So have you made any aims or resolutions for the New Year? Good luck and I’d love to hear about ’em.