I was never a big fan of new year resolutions. It always felt like I was setting myself up for disappointment by having a long list of (sometimes unrealistic) expectations. And before I knew it, life happened and the end of the year was staring back at me – with my incomplete list of things I still wanted to do.
So instead of making this infamous list, my friends and I decided to choose a word for the year. That word is your wish for the new year and what you hope to achieve and learn.
After quitting my job in 2015 to pursue my passion as a freelance writer, an uncertain future awaited me. Many people were scared for my part and questioned my reasons. But for the first time in a long while, I felt like myself and I knew what my word for 2016 was: free.
By being free and following my heart, I was blessed in ways I never could’ve imagined. At the same time, I didn’t have a clue about what was going to happen next; I no longer had a set routine. I was scared out of my wits because I love to plan ahead and know what’s happening next. In other words, I’m kind of a control freak and afraid of the unknown.
This uncertainty forced me to let go and ended up as the best learning school for me as a writer and human being. My journey of 2016 has taught me that hard work pays off and to be kind to one another is the best way to go; guiding me to my word for 2017: give.
I have learned that my greatness isn’t what I have, but what I can give to the world. And I now yearn to give back to people and animals in any way I can. I might not have a lot of money, but I can give my smile, love, and time to those who need it. So I’ll be sharing my experiences and ideas of giving during the course of the year – which I’m looking forward to!
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
– R.J. Palacio
How do you give back to society without spending money? Let me know in the comment section below!