I don't do new year's resolutions. I think the concept puts a lot of pressure on things you probably won't actually do long term, and the fact it starts on a certain date means you've likely been putting it off already.
Fear not. I'm not here to judge you.
This year, I decided instead to look back and identify some habits I don't like. There's no guarantee I'll fix them (or even try at a specific time), but here are some things I'd rather not do anymore.
1. I get in obsessive internal feuds with celebrities I don't know.
(I know I already promised no explanation, but seriously, this actually prompted the whole post. I will not reveal who I'm currently feuding with. I can only hope there's some random person out there secretly feuding with me, so it all evens out somehow.)
2. Some days, I refresh twitter as if the simple act of doing so is the only thing keeping me alive.
3. I doom scroll specifically to validate and reinforce my already present anxiety.
4. I finish so few of the things I start.
5. My passion for any new idea fizzles after a month or so and I don't push through the rough parts to produce my own vision.
6. I eat my emotions indiscriminately. As in, all emotions.
7. I'll slouch and stare at my phone to do the most complex functions when my laptop is literally within arm's reach.
What a bummer!
*insert sad_trombone.mp3 here*
Conversely, here are some things I'm crushing!
- I had my last drink on May 5th, 2021.
- I've written 2 posts already this year, even though writing about real stuff makes me feel like this...
Wow, I'm on a roll, so why not keep spilling?
Here are some things I'd like to do at some point while I'm still on this planet (that I may or may not be working on).
1. Develop an animated series.
2. Start a patient advocacy non-profit for mental health.
3. Direct a comedy special.
4. Be in a relationship with someone I like. (See Parks and Rec's Leslie & Ben "I love you & I like you.")
5. Create a podcast with a super cool Australian friend where we break down our personal experiences through the lens of mental health and human compassion.
Hmm, that last one seems oddly specific.
What we started with is not what we got... per usual.
Well, this morphed into an "about beep" post. Shrug. Hopefully something resonated with you, because I'm not going back to the drawing board now.
Plus, a little self-reflection can be a good thing. Maybe write some of these things out for yourself. Or don't. I'm not a teacher grading homework anymore. You do you.