If you’re not reading Hitha on the Go, you should be. Earlier this week she posted a list of things she’s planning to do in the New Year, and I loved it so much that I decided to do the same. It’s so much more interesting than talking about the traditional resolutions.
A BAD HABIT I’M GOING TO BREAK
Cursing. I’m not trying to quit cold (sometimes it’s the only thing that will do), but I need to really scale back.
And if I could have two…I really need to get out more. I’ve become something of a hermit.
A NEW SKILL I’D LIKE TO LEARN
Fly Fishing. I’ve always wanted to learn, and I’m living in a place where I can. I just need to get over my childhood fear of getting the hook lodged in my skin. Just something about the thought of it gives me the shivers.
A PERSON I HOPE TO BE MORE LIKE
Productivity, thy name is Teddy Roosevelt. Seriously, that man did more before breakfast than I do all week. Plus, I could use a bit of his joie de vivre.
A GOOD DEED I’M GOING TO DO
My law school requires students to complete 30-hours of community service, so I’ve been thinking a lot about what kind of charity I would like to give my time to. I think I’ve settled on the local Make-A-Wish Chapter.
A PLACE I’D LIKE TO VISIT
Before the end of 2015, my Mom and I are going to Iceland. We tried to do it last year, but law school got in the way. Break out your puffer vest, this is our year, Mom.
A BOOK I’D LIKE TO READ
It’s very likely, the only books I will be reading this year are law books. However, I’m a big Steinbeck fan, and the only person who made it out of high school without reading The Grapes of Wrath, so I should probably get on that.
A LETTER I’M GOING TO WRITE
I’ve been working on an essay about things I wish I’d known when I was 22. It’s sort of a letter to my younger self.
A NEW FOOD I’D LIKE TO TRY
Somehow, I left D.C. without trying Ethiopian food.
I’M GOING TO DO BETTER AT…
Managing my thoughts. One of my greatest strengths, being able to have three or four trains of thought going at once, is also one of my greatest weaknesses.
When you can listen to a lecture, think about blog posts, prep a grocery shopping list, and obsess about your personal issues all at the same time, nothing ever gets your full attention, but some things get far more attention than they deserve. Just because you have the mental energy for a certain thought, doesn’t mean it deserves your attention. Indulging in certain trains of thought just isn’t healthy, and dividing your focus isn’t always a good thing.
So what are you up to this New Year?