Me writing my 2018 to do list like. Image Source.
At the end of every year, humans get horrifically drunk and then make important decisions about their lives. Good one, humans! These are called “New Year’s resolutions” and they are, for the most part, disastrous. They usually start out well — you quit drinking and smoking, start running around the block every day, and delete the Instagram app — you feel great! You are a new you! But then, you go out for “just one” drink — make it a vodka soda, please — and the next thing you know you’re back in your bed with three types of pizza and the Grey’s Anatomy box set. You feel crap! You are the old you! Despite your best efforts, your New Year’s resolutions failed miserably. Curse your hungover New Year’s Day self for thinking you could change your whole life overnight!
If you’re fed up with New Year’s resolutions that just don’t work, you might like to try ticking something off this very achievable 2018 bucket list that we prepared earlier instead.
1) Rock climb once, then give it up. Let’s face it, you’re never going to become a professional rock climber, so stop telling everyone you’re taking up a new sport and start admitting that you’ll probably just go rock climbing ONE TIME. After you’ve tried it out, think about which niche sport you’d like to try once next year — badminton, river dancing, fencing? The world is your oyster.
2) Re-watch all of Friends, or Dawson’s Creek, or Veronica Mars, or some other glorious and not at all guilty pleasure. You know you want to.
3) Drink less. Like, just a tiny little bit less. Set yourself an achievable goal, like taking a couple of nights off the piss every week, and stick to it.
4) Start going to the beach after work. If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast, you should really give this one a crack. A daily swim is an easy way for you to do exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise and it’ll force you to take a break from all your devices and ~just be~ in nature for a minute.
5) Try to eliminate toxic social media use. There’s nothing quite like a mindless scroll to unwind after a long day, but if your social media use is making you angry or anxious, it’s time to put down the device and step away. Limit your time online to a few hours every day and delete profiles that aren’t doing it for you anymore. If you like to wake and scroll, try to get into a more relaxing morning ritual, you’ll feel way better for it.
6) Face a fear. It doesn’t have to be a big one, just something that gets your adrenaline going. Ride a rollercoaster, handle a snake, or just force yourself to make conversation at a party.
7) Take yourself on dates. You’ve got to love yourself before you can love others. Sounds lame but it’s true. Plus, dining alone is the bloody best. Do something nice with yourself once a week to keep your Sims bars full.
8) Check in with your friends more often. It’s easy to get so caught up in your own shit that you forget to hit your friends up, especially when they don’t live near you. If you haven’t talked to you best mate for a few weeks, call them up. If you don’t have time for a chat, just ask them “What’s up?” over Facebook messenger. These gestures will keep your connection (aka you) strong and happy.
9) Learn a new skill — an instrument, a language, coding, or something less ambitious like the Melbourne shuffle — whatever you’re into!
10) Use less single-use plastic. Say no to that plastic bag at the supermarket, BYO take-away container and try to find viable alternatives to everyday single-use plastics like cling wrap. It may be the slow road but it’s also the high road, my friend.
11) Be less judgemental and more empathetic. This might sound like common sense/decency but its something that I endeavour to do everyday, both generally and specifically when it comes to the way I talk about and treat other women. The patriarchy has conditioned us to blame women for pretty much everything, and that’s something we need to unlearn STAT. When we actually get over our judgemental crap, we’ll be able to take care of each other for real.