By Molly K. Lichtner, 3/30/17
Every year, I make some sort of resolution to better myself; one year it was to eat more vegetables, and another was to exercise more. Boring, bland, boilerplate stuff. These are resolutions that were forgotten in a month or so; they were basic and didn’t hold my attention. For 2017, I decided to think of a resolution that I would stick with and carryout through the entire year. I resolved to try new things as often as possible. I started my resolution in November—because it’s never too late or too early to start something that’s supposed to change your life, right?
Develop a Budget
This was one of the hardest, but also one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done. I no longer have to pinch pennies to make sure I can afford cat food for the week. As clichéd as it sounds, I feel liberated! I’m in charge of my money instead of my money being in charge of me! First part of my resolution: Success!
Become a Vegetarian
I was a vegetarian when I was a little kid because it was the right and ethical thing to do. I can’t remember why I stopped being a vegetarian—I think it was because of an ignorant doctor diagnosing my major depression as a protein deficiency—but it was something I put out of my mind for a while. A close friend recently got me thinking about vegetarianism again and its moral implications. I have since given up eating meat and I’m having a lot of fun trying new vegetarian and vegan recipes. Second part of my resolution: Success!
Read at an Open-Mic Night
This is one I actually did twice! My first open-mic night experience was at a popular bar on South Street in Philadelphia—and boy, did I feel out of place. I didn’t feel cool enough to read in front of a room full of my contemporaries, but I made myself do it. And it was fun! I got great feedback! No one laughed at me or vomited in disgust!
Because the year of 2017 is about going outside of your comfort zone, again I zagged when I thought I was going to zig. I went to another open-mic night, this time at a local bookstore in Doylestown. Again I felt out of place, but this time because I was the youngest person there. I made myself read in front of everyone and it gets easier every time. Third part of my resolution: Success!
Go to a Concert—Alone
I used to not attend events if I couldn’t find a friend to go with because I was uncomfortable with the idea of being alone. I realized that I was missing out on a lot of cool things because of unfounded social anxieties. I learned one major thing by going to a concert alone: it’s so great to not have to worry about someone else while you’re having a good time. Fourth part of my resolution: Success!
Sometimes resolutions don’t stick because they’re too grand, but sometimes the vaguest ones are the most successful.