With the coming of a new year, and with similar momentum, a slew of people the world over start romanticising about their future lives. Some wish for better physical fitness, others yearn to broaden their professional horizons, and some just want to read a few more books. But it’s these broad terms of “better” that end up hitting a wall not soon after the fireworks go off. So why not consider a few more viable options? You never know what could happen.
Consider Going to Therapy
Now try not to get your underwear in an undesirable state. Everybody out there since the existence of bread has required a few psychological evaluations. We’ve all been through a lot, especially here in Egypt. And no matter what you might think, a more positive approach to talking to a professional about your past might make for an amazing new year. Don’t be afraid about what people might think; they’re not the ones living your life.
Get Closer to Your Family
Now this one’s a bit morbid, but hopeful. With each passing New Year, we inch ever so closer to the (hopefully) not-so-bitter end. And I’m willing to bet that a large sum of you might not have the best relationship with your folks at home. Whether it was a rough upbringing (nobody knows how to parent), or just a series of unfortunate events, it’s always nice to try and patch things up with your family. Take them out, learn about their past, or just share memes on Facebook. It’s never a bad idea.
Take Up a Sport or Fitness Class
The simplest thing one can ask for when it comes to happier pastures is better physical fitness. Notice how I say fitness, and not necessarily health. I don’t know about you folks, but the thought of going to the gym easily puts me to bed. It’s haphazard, unstructured, and gets tedious pretty fast. On the other hand, an organized sport with teamwork and rigorous fitness routines can easily be fun and functional. Same concept applies to any exercise class built around an established concept. Don’t you dare laugh at Zumba.
Apologize and Forgive
No matter what millennium it is we find ourselves plopped in, we all inevitably make mistakes. Maybe you said a few things you shouldn’t have to somebody you love. Maybe you snapped at your mother when you were stressed from work. And very likely, you’ve been dealt a similarly distasteful deck of cards from somebody you respected, but knew they didn’t mean it. Baggage sucks, no two ways about it. And though this might tie into therapy, you can definitely take a few positive steps on your own next year.
Consider a Career Shift
I’m not in any way saying your job is boring or unrewarding. But I’m going to wager my left kidney that whatever it is you’re doing now isn’t exactly what you had in mind in the past. Maybe it works out, and you’ve settled into a nice routine. But at the very least, you could consider nurturing whatever talent or idea you might have on the side. If you’re already certain of yourself somewhere else, then a shift in careers never hurts your CV; folks like it when you hustle. Multiple jobs, especially more creative ones, teach you way more than you think.
Adjust Your Diet Wisely
Back on the topic of physical fitness, many folk fall into the existential pits that are diets. They hardly work in the grand scheme of things, and you’ll likely regress even worse into your old ways. However, consider maybe cancelling a few things out over the course of the New Year. Consider maybe cutting off soda for a few months and see how that’s going. Maybe later you can consider something about your red meat intake. Maybe you’ll want to switch to more seafood. We’re not vegans here, nor are we judging you, but if you want consistent, long-term results from your eating habits, phase out the garbage instead of just cutting off cold turkey.