Wind of change

Rosanna Machado | January 6, 2022

What’s your new year ritual? Do you even have one? I have read many articles about the importance of resolutions and conversely about how resolutions never work. I could argue it both ways, but I am not you. Your journey is unique and only you know what is right for you and what will work for you. Many of us, myself included, get carried away with a huge list of goals or resolutions. Invariably I get to the end of the year, and I strike a few things off my list as I realise that I am never going to do them. With the pressure to be productive and to achieve, we often set ourselves a huge list that might just be possible if there were no variants in our lives and yet the truth is that life is one fluid journey with a lot of uncertainty, and we need to build this flex into how we schedule and set goals.

It’s helpful to remove yourself from all the social media (in which case you won’t be reading this!) and work out what would you like for yourself, without the pressure of what you think you should be achieving due to social pressures or norms. I’m not going to tell you to make resolutions, however I will share with you what has been helpful to me:

  • Have a think about what gives you meaning as this is likely to bring happiness
  • Leave time for the unexpected joy in the everyday
  • Keep some goals loose e.g. be more creative, and then be open to where you might find that
  • Find things that you want to do rather than feel you ought to do

Whatever you do, be present in the here and now, look for joy and be brave taking the unexpected route in life as you never know where it might lead.

Happy New Year all!