Even though the calendar is just a construct humans created to try and give themselves a sense of control over passing time, the new year is here, and to many of us, it means something. On one hand, any moment of any day is worthy of starting something new, but on the other hand, it just so happened that our move out of France and into America perfectly coincided with the start of 2017.
I don’t fully believe in New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, Facebook recently reminded me of a “memory” from the start of 2014 when I declared, “My New Year’s Resolution is to not have a New Year’s Resolution.” The contradiction in that statement highlights the ridiculousness of thinking that the start of a new calendar somehow has power. It doesn’t have any power (unless of course you believe that the movements of the solar system makes a difference). What really has the power is you – but that power can theoretically be accessed at any time. If you want to create your own way of organizing time, with 4-day-long weeks, 12-day-long months and 10-month-long years, then you can do that. You can then assume that every 4 days is the start of a fresh new week, it’s like your own personal Monday, a chance to begin new tasks and set new goals for the next 3 remaining days of your week. It’s just a system.
But, the more I thought about all this, the more I realized that setting goals for yourself is necessary if you want to live a full life. If you just walk around like a zombie, never actually thinking about what you really want in life, nothing will ever happen to you, you’ll never improve.
So how can I simultaneously reject the concept of Resolutions and yet still make some? Well, I looked up the difference between Existentialism, Nihilism, and Absurdism, and I think the last one pretty much “solves” my dilemma:
Absurdism: “The belief that a search for meaning is inherently in conflict with the actual lack of meaning, but that one should both accept this and simultaneously rebel against it by embracing what life has to offer.” source
So – The start of the new year has no real meaning or power on its own, but I’m going to set some goals for myself to accomplish in the next 353 days or so anyway, because what else am I to do in this life? ;)
- This one is obvious and so cliché I almost don’t want to write it… Get Healthy.
- Accept my physical form
- Focus on buying/consuming non-toxic products and foods
- Buy way less “fast fashion”
- Prioritize skincare over makeup
- Explore new places around California
- Get outdoorsy at least once a month
- Read at least 10 books
- Embroider at least 3 things
To sum it all up, I want my new life in California to be filled with more whole, meaningful things. More health, more quality, more hobbies and exploration. Less mindless internet browsing, less temporary fixes. Quality over quantity, experiences over possessions… and all those other wonderfully quotable platitudes.