I’ve never quite understood why people choose New Years Day as somewhat of a turning point in their lives. I’m going to get fit in the new year, guilty of this one myself – but who can resist a plate full of pigs in blankets; I guess that’s a completely valid excuse to hold off on my goals? I guess not. Out with the old, in with the new – I mean, was the old that bad that you have to completely change your direction? I blame resolutions on fireworks. We all get a little reflective whilst staring up into a night sky full of coloured explosions; thinking about what we have done and what we would like to change about ourselves. Last year, on a starry night, I set myself a personal goal of ‘not wasting time’ in 2016. What was I thinking?
What was I thinking?
I had great intentions with this goal. Not to waste time on problems that weren’t really problems, not to waste time being lazy whilst I could be doing something worthwhile, not to waste time on people who didn’t deserve it, not wasting time doing things that I didn’t want to do- all sounds great on paper.
Where I went wrong with this ambitious goal of mine, was not fully understanding what was meant by time well spent. I thought it was clear to me what time well spent was… doing things that would better myself and were intellectually stimulating – reading a book, working a lot, getting good grades, learning new skills, languages – All good stuff. What I didn’t realise was that some of the other things I was doing in my life and seeing as ‘a waste of time’ were not necessarily a waste of time.
Whilst it is ok to say that I need to be a little less lazy, laziness allows me to relax my mind so I can do more with my time. Whilst I agree that some problems are just pointless in the wider perspective of the world, pointless problems have given me the problem-solving skills I will need when problems become real. I’d like to think that I didn’t waste any time on people who didn’t deserve it, but If I did, I hope my time spent with them has giving something for them to learn. Doing things I wasn’t sure I wanted to do made me realize that we all have to do some things we don’t want to in life, but it helps us understand who we want to be and what we actually want to be doing.
I have to say, despite not putting every single second into something productive this year, I feel like I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined. I have traveled and learned more about what a wonderful world we live in, I have graduated and achieved something I never thought I would have achieved, I have challenged myself to run further than I ever thought I could and I have finished 2016 with a wonderful job that I enjoy surrounded by spectacular friends and family.
I can’t say I have a resolution for 2017, but I will take on board that sometimes some of the best memories are made by not thinking about time, but simply enjoying it. So stop worrying about how you are spending your day, and get on with it!
Here is to a happy and prosperous new year.