Over the last week of December, I looked back at the year 2017, assessing the aspects I had chosen to focus on, like Reading, Writing, Health, and Friendship. Reading those posts now, I realize that while 2017 didn’t go the way I expected it to, it wasn’t that bad as my posts make it out to be. I had chosen the Word for the Year for 2017 as “Focus”. Now looking at the word, I realized that while I didn’t do as much as I wanted to, I did do what I could. I was consistent. There were positives to take out from each of those.
- I read 60 books in the year. That’s not bad at all. Not one of those books was below average. I look at what I rated them on Goodreads, and each of them are at least a 3-star rating. There were quality books, and I even discovered some wonderful authors like Maxine Sylvester and Maha Khan Phillips. That’s amazing.
- I couldn’t finish April A to Z Challenge, but I did finish the FMS Photo-a-Day challenge, My Friend Alexa Challenge, The Write Tribe Problogger Challenge, and also the Festival of Words. There was 100 posts in the year. Could my posts have been better? Hell yeah. But I didn’t stay inactive either. I wrote. I haven’t lost the passion for writing.
- In the month of December, I walked 320km. That’s more than I’ve done in a single month before. My fitness routine was maintained through the month, and I loved every moment of it. In the year 2017, I lost 12kgs. I’m able to walk longer without feeling tired. These are small steps toward a healthier me. I’m grateful to 2017 for that.
- I lost a few friends, yes. Maybe it was time our journeys went different directions. I accept that. But I also made new friends. I met a lot of the bloggers I’ve known since many years. I traveled across the country to do so, and I have three days of wonderful, unforgettable memories with them. That’s something to be grateful for.
I thought a lot about what my Word of the Year for 2018 should be. I considered hope, simplify, gratitude, forward etc. But when I shared my walking stats on Facebook, some friends replied “Keep it up”, “It’s no mean feat” etc. “Keep it up”. Looking at what I’ve achieved over the last year, doing that would be a good thing. While improving is great, being consistent with some things is also important to go towards improving overall. So that’s my Word for 2018.
I want to be consistent in my output for each of those things… to read regularly, and hit that 50-book mark without having to worry about reducing reading target etc.; to write regularly, and be consistent in the quality of what I write. I want to meet more blogging friends who I am yet to meet, and be the best friend I can be to those who matter to me, and for those who value me as a friend too. And I definitely don’t want to relax when it comes to my fitness journey. There is weight still left to be lost, and I plan on losing it sooner rather than later.
If I’m consistent in these things, I can be sure that I’m improving too. After all, staying still and doing nothing are two different things!
Wishing all my readers (I hope I have some) a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2018.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
1st January, 2018)