It’s the last day of the year, and also the last day of this dreaded time of the year where you don’t have much of a purpose. I find this post-Christmas, pre-New Year time to be extremely unproductive. I don’t even know what day of the week it is.
Throughout December the “New Year, New Me” posts on social media have been increasing, with my tolerance for them decreasing.
If I see one more “I’m going to lose weight” post or a “I am focusing on myself this year” or even a “cutting negative people out of my life” post I think I might delete Facebook. No offence.
But this got me thinking about my own resolutions… I too have created a bit of a to-do list of things I want to check-off in the New Year. A semi bucket list. It seems more effective than waiting for the year number to change and reinventing myself only to get stuck in old habits. This way I’m more of a work in progress than a total revamp.
My theme for the year is adventure. Life is really short, like really short. I found a picture of myself from 2006 – that’s nearly a decade ago. In not too long I’ll be two decades old. Times that by five and it’s a century.
You get the picture.
So here’s my to-do list for 2016, and I think it should be yours too.
This may seem stupid, but have you noticed that on the odd chance a stranger happened to smile in your direction your whole day can be so much brighter?
- Take photos.
Moments in life are too precious to not be digitally immortalised.
- Make the best of moments of inspiration.
I have amazing ideas at 2AM. I just need to get my laptop and use them.
- Take the scenic route every now and then.
- Greet people.
Walking somewhere with your friends and they stop to greet someone you don’t know? Introduce yourself. Why not?
- Hug people.
I am not a high-contact person but I should become one. Someone’s touch means a lot more than you think it does.
- Dish out compliments.
Don’t lie, but if you see something you like, say it. What do you have to lose?
- Travel whenever and wherever you can.
I am not talking about going on a trip to Europe that’ll cost you thousands, I’m talking about a daytrip to a town around the corner, or taking a hike at a place I can drive to for the day. The smallest, cheapest adventures can be the most exciting and memorable.
- Do nice things for people who will never find out.
Put flowers in the office, leave someone a chocolate.
- Loosen up.
Some things aren’t as important as they seem right now, in Heinz-sight they may mean nothing to you in the end.
- Keep it simple.
Don’t overcomplicate things. They don’t have to be complex to matter.
- Have no regrets.
Don’t get a tattoo on your forehead, but don’t get hung up on something stupid you did that no one remembers.
- Live life to the fullest.
Not only is life short, but in Heinz-sight you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did that didn’t work out.
- Don’t expect life to be fair.