I honestly don’t know if I can define a year, or set expectations of it with a single word. Looking back at 2016, I think I’d define it as “LONG”. There were a few good moments, yes, and those moments were quite memorable. Yet, I could always feel an underlying sense of anxiety, or worry; even a lack of energy to do things.
Through the year, many celebrities passed away. Yes, people die daily, not all are mourned, but a few of those celebrities had impacted my life in a small way, so to see them depart from this world was difficult. Personally, there were phases of illness (nothing too serious) that seemed to drain all the energy out of me. And the worry was not just for my health, but that of a few loved ones as well. All in all, I’m quite thankful that 2016 has died and I can await 2017 with hope.
What I want to do this year is basically oriented around a word. So that’s my word for the year.
My focus is on a few things. I wouldn’t call them resolutions. I tend not to keep resolutions. Perhaps, they are targets, or guidelines. Something to change from last year.
Focus on Health
There used to be a time when I would rarely fall ill, or take leave because of ill health. I want to try and get back those days. I’ve grown lazy, and that’s not something that’s good for the long run. This year, I want to focus on health. I’ve put on a lot of weight in the last year, so this year, I want to shed it. I will try to balance my diet more, and return to exercising regularly too. Not an overly strict diet that I can’t stick to, but small changes that’ll become a part of my routine with time.
Focus on Reading
I love reading. This last year, I couldn’t read more. Try as I did, the focus wasn’t there. Even the books I love to re-read didn’t seem to engage me. For the first time, I had to reduce my Goodreads reading target, not once, not twice, but thrice. This year, I want to find that focus again. I’m going to try reading more books I’ve bought, and accepting fewer books for reviewing. And definitely not time constricted reading.
Some of the books I plan to read are A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Cilappathikaram by Elango Adikal, and The Sea by John Banville. However, I’m trying an idea that a fellow bookworm shared in a book group I’m part of, so when these books will be read, is something I cannot say for sure.
Focus on Writing/Blogging
I’ve been part of two short story anthologies so far, and I don’t want it to end at two. Hopefully, 2017 brings an opportunity to be part of few more anthologies, and perhaps, I’ll take it a step further and publish an eBook of my own as well. I was focused on it last year, and I want to keep that focus in 2017 too.
Compared to 2014 and 2015, I couldn’t blog as much as I wanted to. More importantly, I couldn’t read what my other blogger friends wrote. I hope that even if I’m blogging less in 2017, I read other bloggers, and they read and comment on what I write too. I hope to blog at least twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And want to do a daily blogging challenge at least twice during this year. One is April A to Z, the other, we’ll see as and when it comes.
I rekindled a prompt blog I had started. I wish 2017 brings better tidings for it. It’s called A Week for Writing. Every Sunday, I will give a prompt there, a topic which a blogger can write on in their blog, and share their post link, and read others who posted about that topic. The first prompt of the year is WHIMSY.
Focus on Friendships
They say friends don’t need to be in touch. If the friendship is true, one can pick up where one left off. Maybe that is true, but I think to ignore friends isn’t good either. I’ve lost a couple of friends because of lack of interaction with them, and that hurt. This year, I want to rekindle a few friendships, and become closer with a few I’m interacting with daily too. Be there when they need me, just as friends were there when I needed them.
Focus on the Little Things That Matter
Yesterday, a friend said she likes the way I get excited by little things, and seem overjoyed. I like that. To be happy about the little things that matter, be it a dish I love to eat or a memory that was triggered by something, that’s really important. Not many may understand the significance of that moment of happiness, but that’s quite fine. Looking back at the year, these moments will bring another moment of joy too. I attempted 100 Days of Happiness again, and completed it this time. I’ll definitely try it again in 2017 too. Also, I want to try and get over a few fears that I have. Let’s see what the year holds for me.
Wishing all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2017.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
1st January, 2016)