Like many others, I have spent the past few days reflecting upon the joys and disappointments 2015 brought me and jotting down the resolutions I intend to bring with me into the new year. It seems almost impossible to summarize the events and emotions of 2015, but two words come close: a glorious mess. In 365 days I ended my first year of college and began my second, started some jobs and quit others, lost some friends and made many more, fell in love and began to maneuver a long-distance relationship, interviewed a United States senator, went on countless adventures, got my first collegiate 4.0, and questioned myself, my skills, and my passions more than ever before (which proved to be both my greatest achievement and my greatest downfall).
While 2015 brought with it a purer kind of joy than I had ever experienced, it also brought more anxiety. For this reason, I have compiled an extensive list of resolutions to help me make 2016 an even better year. While the complete list spans multiple pages in my beloved Moleskine journal, I would like to share a few highlights with you all:
- I will believe in the love I am given.
- I will believe in myself.
- I will read more (books, newspapers, poems, essays, silly Buzzfeed articles– anything I can get my hands on).
- I will stop basing my decisions on the opinions of others.
- I will write something every day, with help from the 500 Writing Prompts journal Isaac gave me for Christmas.
Bring it on, 2016 and spring semester. I’m ready for you.