Resolutions are traditionally meant to fix what we think is wrong with our lives, as if it’s necessary to hammer ourselves into someone society finds more attractive and more successful.
I say meh.
Seems to me the more significant challenges are to discover greater depths in ourselves and to cultivate more joy in our daily lives. Maybe we need to replace New Year’s resolutions with delight-enhancing non-resolutions. If you need ideas for your own list, here are some things I hope to nurture in my life, .
Prioritize time for daydreaming.
Sigh loudly whenever you want to. It stimulates the vagus nerve.
Pursue the urge to know more, no matter how obscure your fascinations.
Tune in to sensory pleasure: birdsong, soft blankets, wind in the trees, warm soup.
Accept all apologies as you wish those you apologize to might accept yours.
Give your machines names, especially your car.
Send oddities via snail mail, it’s ridiculously fun.
Eat something different, often.
Talk about your traumas as a stand-up comedian might.
Greet the same tree every day.
Each time you take a first sip of ice water, pay attention as it slides down your throat.
Allow yourself to become a library addict.
Lie on the grass whenever you can. Also sand. And snow. It’s like accepting a hug from Ma Nature.
Try sketching for fun.
Collect poems that speak to you.
When you take a walk, just walk. No phone, no earbuds, simply let your legs move you forward.
Talk to insects.
Look at yourself tenderly, as an angelic being might see you, adoring every moment of the amazing mortal life you lead.