Every year, on New Year’s Eve, people make resolutions for the upcoming year. They make various goals and plans to achieve them. They plan to do better at work, at school, to achieve their dream body, to travel, and many more. However, many people don’t follow through with the resolutions due to several reasons. The most important being that many don’t write down what they plan to achieve. Hence, within a few days, the resolutions are long forgotten, and people are left wondering why day after day, and year after year, their lives remain largely unchanged.

However, 2020 has been a massively different year for each of us. It has been marked by loss, hopelessness, grief, and pain. Which is why this New Year’s Eve holds a different meaning for most of us. It marks not only the end of a difficult period but also the start of a different one that is filled with hope. And we all need that hope; hope that things will get better, that we will get better, and that we’ll be able to achieve our dreams and ambitions.

So even if you’re one of those who don’t believe in writing down New Year’s resolution, give it a try. It will fill you with some hope and eagerness to start the New Year and will be a positive note to end 2020 with. Following is a list of a few things we’re planning to incorporate in our resolutions for the upcoming year. So, read on for some ideas.

Being grateful

If there’s something this year has taught us, it’s to be grateful for what we have because we never know when it might get taken away from us. Be grateful for your health, your family, your friends, and your work. Even if you don’t like something, be grateful for it. Like having to wake up early go to college or work. This year took a lot from us, but it was the little things that we took for granted that made us appreciate the most. Something as simple as being able to go to the mall was out of the question for a large portion of this year. So be grateful. And more. And then some more.

Living in the present

We plan so much for the future. We make five-year and ten-year plans. While some amount of planning is necessary, making long drawn out plans seems quite silly with so much uncertainty surrounding us now. So, live in the present. Spend time with your loved ones. Enjoy what you’re doing right now. Dream about the future, but don’t get hung up on it. Because tomorrow may never come.

Staying humble

No matter how powerful, successful, or rich someone is, something as tiny as the virus, invisible to the naked eye, can bring one down to their knees. The whole world was in chaos this year that one truly needs to become humble. Be humble in your attitude, be kind and respectful to everyone. You don’t know what someone is battling with, and you don’t know what tragedy the future might have in store for you.

Improving your health

Health is wealth. This proverb now holds even more meaning and significance. Working on our health and improving our immunity should now be our utmost priority. So, ditch those take-outs and fast food, and learn to make some healthy, yet delicious meals for yourself. Start working out. Go for a run. Take your vitamins. Time invested in taking care of your body is not time wasted, but years saved.

Appreciate your loved ones

We often forget to appreciate our loved ones. Those who are with us through thick and thin. Those who have our back. Being cooped up at home with family during the lockdown or being stuck in quarantine with them made us realize how much they can get on our nerves, but how we really can’t do without them. Family is truly what matters. Appreciate them before it’s too late.

Now or never

Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today. Take the plunge. Apply for that job. Change your major. Do what you love and do it now. Because life is too short to play it safe and not take risks. It’s now or never. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life regretting that you didn’t do what you wanted to because you were scared of taking a chance or because you were scared of failure. Give it a shot, you’ve got nothing to lose.

This year was difficult but here’s to hoping that the coming year will compensate us for each and everything it took from us. For every hardship, we had to endure, for every tear we shed. May 2021 be beautiful and full of joy.

Happy New Year to everyone!

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