Happy Fuel: A New Years Resolution
In my opinion, life should never be based on numbers. Not the numbers at the top of your Instagram profile, not the numbers that measure your waist line, not the number of years you've been on this earth, and not the number of commas in your bank account. It's easy to say all that, but I completely empathize with the idea that it's nearly impossible to avoid becoming attached to one or many of those things in this day and age. We live in a society where so much importance is placed on a sole image of you, an image you may spend hours editing to tailor to other's notions of what's "perfect" and what's "body goals". A society where the rich stay rich, and they are praised for it through likes and adoration. A society where, sadly, people spend hours wondering what they did wrong to only hit double digit likes on their most recent Instagram post. I am not the only one who suffers from these pressures, that I'm sure of. And while it's easy to pretend like you don't care, at least for me, it has an impact that echoes and unintentionally effects other regions of your life.
I've spent time thinking about what my New Years resolution would be. There are a couple obvious ones for me; Spend more time with family, stay active... But going into 2017, my main focus will be to find ways to care less about the things I've said above, and care more about the values that rest deep in my heart, that are full of good intentions and void of superficiality. I think that in this pursuit, the other areas of my life will have no choice but to improve, as well. Although I don't like to admit it, I find my self consistently checking how many likes I've gotten on my insta, how many retweets my recent dig at the president-elect got, and also "creeping" other girls' profiles to compare myself to their outer beauty. This has all gotten more than tiresome. It's mentally draining to take on the demands of today's society, and quite frankly, I'm over it. Or at least I'd like to be.
So there you have it... My New Years Resolution. To become less attached to things that have no lasting impression or effect, and to become more in tune with what my heart really needs. Whether that's taking breaks from social media, traveling more, helping others, diving into my work with creativity and curiosity. anything that feeds my soul good, happy fuel. I sincerely hope that others have the desire to do this for themselves too.