As 2021 is coming to an end, I am reflecting on this past year and thinking about resolutions to make for 2022. Since I was a child, my biggest fear has always been failure, so my New Year’s resolution is to take chances even if failure is possible. I feel like I have missed out on many opportunities in the past due to not even trying because of the slight possibility that I won’t succeed. This has caused me to not apply to jobs and internships, not talk to people I wish I did, and not make as many memorable experiences. This past year has taught me that life comes with both success and failure, and you need failure to grow and learn how to improve yourself. The quote, “You miss 100% of the chances you don’t take,” resonates with me, and I am hoping to start taking more chances in 2022.
Another resolution I have is to not be so worried about what others think of me. I realized that I spend a lot of time concerned about others’ opinions about me, when it shouldn’t be making any difference in my life. I should do what makes me happy, instead of avoiding things that I feel like would cause judgement. For example, in high school, I wanted to start a YouTube channel, but didn’t due to fear that others would mock me for it. Now that I am in college, I regret not starting the YouTube channel when I wanted to. For this reason, I hope that in the upcoming year, I can learn to make decisions that make me happy without being too concerned about other people’s judgement.
Lastly, I am hoping to focus on my mental and physical health in 2022. This means giving myself self-care days, sleeping more instead of just lying in bed on my phone, eating healthy, and working out regularly. I currently eat fairly healthy and work out, but I want to start spending more effort into thinking about what I am putting into my body. Additionally, through better time management, I can have more time for physical activity and doing activities I enjoy, such as reading.