Happy New Year, my friends! I hope you’re all enjoying the festivities and fireworks. May 2017 bring you all things good.
To be frank, 2016 was quite a whirlwind. Many people might be inclined to say that it was absolute shit, but I disagree. Why focus on the negative aspects of 2016, like the deaths of our beloved Alan Rickman and Carrie Fisher? Or the hate that has practically torn apart our country? Now, that’s not to say that we should overlook and dismiss these events simply because they are in the past, but rather, we should focus on the positives and propel ourselves forward.
I’d like to focus on one word for 2017: POTENTIAL.
(adjective) having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future
(noun) latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness
We have potential. Heck, even electricity has “potential.” (Electric potential? Where are my physics nerds? hah.) Point is, everything has potential. 2017 has the potential to be great or…not-so-great. It depends entirely on you and what you make of it.
There are a lot of things that I’m looking forward to in 2017, namely:
- the Beauty and the Beast live-action film
- graduating high school and setting off for college
- traveling with friends and family
- SHERLOCK SEASON 4
- Hamilton’s West End debut in LA
- release of A Court of Wings and Ruin
I typically don’t make New Year’s resolutions because let’s be pragmatic here, they’re usually not fulfilled. And also because I think that the drive to complete a goal should be present year round, not just at the beginning of the year. Still, I believe it’s healthy to set a few personal goals for self-growth every year. Some of my own objectives for the upcoming year include:
- reading another 100 books for my Goodreads challenge
- making at least three new friends
- quitting my disgusting nail-biting habit
- traveling to a new country + visiting a new place
- writing and journaling on a daily basis (or at least every other day)
- learning to cook at least 10 different dishes
Unfortunately, the we don’t live in Cinderella’s world, where everything changes at the stroke of midnight. We can never forget the tumultuous events of the past year, but what we can do is move on and forge new memories and relationships. The new year brings new beginnings and allows us a chance to start fresh. I encourage all of you to set goals and pursue them! And above all, never ever let the hard days win. Have a little faith, and focus on the positive side of things and on your potential to be a part of the goodness in the world.
Let’s make 2017 good for all of us.