New year, same old bollocks? Maybe not

2015 wasn’t the success I had hoped it would be. This is mainly my own fault for investing too much of my time doing something that I foolishly prioritised above the things that would have made my year far more interesting. The plus side is that I did achieve a couple of things, I went on holiday for the first time on my own and really enjoyed it, I reconnected with some good friends and I’d like to think I maintained other great friendships, and I got myself a kick ass TV, sometimes it’s the small things. With all that in mind I’ve set myself what I think are some realistic goals for the new year, if I can achieve just some of these then I will have done alright this year.

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Lose weight – This is necessary sadly, doctors orders and just generally because I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. To be honest I’m tired of being a fat bastard, and I was told towards the end of last year that it would be in my best interests to lose some weight by a doctor. The real challenge here will be discipline as it’s going to mean eating better mainly, but also regular exercise. Still I’ve started playing five aside football so the first steps have been made at least.

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Finish any blogs I start – I have a really annoying habit of starting a blog and not finishing it. This is mainly due to the fact that I have the attention span of a kitten, meaning that I get distracted and don’t finish things. The aim for the new year will be to finish anything I start, and also to maybe finish some of the half finished blogs I have kicking around. I’m also going to try and tweak my writing style based on some constructive I’ve had from previous blogs.

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Watch more anime – I’ve built up a collection of anime over the years, a lot of which I haven’t actually gotten round to watching as yet. There some stuff in there that comes very highly recommended by people I respect, Ergo Proxy being a case in point. I want to dedicate some time to actually watching some of it, and concentrating enough that I know what the hell is happening.

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Branch out from my comfort zone – I’ve enjoyed the recommendations I’ve had TV, film and book wise (and other things), so I figure maybe it’s not a bad shout to either continue this or to proactively try things I wouldn’t ordinarily check out. It might end badly and I end up sampling some chaff, but on other hand there’s always a chance that I’ll discover some awesomeness. There is of course only one way to find out.

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Travel to somewhere I’ve not been before – As previously mentioned I went away for the first time on my own last year. With that in mind I’d like to go away again, but this time go somewhere I’ve not been before. It looks like I might not be going away with my friends this year which means I can justify spending a little more, which opens up my options a little but potentially means flying. There are lots of places that have been recommended to me though, so I’ve got plenty of places I’d like to see.

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Improve my love life – Well I say improve, that would imply I actually have a semblance of one. I’m hugely worried about being rejected but it’s about time I stopped worrying. At the end of the day the worst that can happen is that someone says no, in realistic terms at least. But the challenge lies in me putting myself out there which requires a bit of self confidence on my part. It’s going to be an interesting experiment if I work my way up to it at any rate.

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Sort my shit out – I have acquired a lot of stuff over the years, and I’ve been massively shit about actually sorting any of it out. Essentially I need to go through my comics, clothes, books and christ knows what else and actually get rid of some of it. This gets me more organised and has the added bonus of clearing the way for more stuff. Capitalism is a magical thing.

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Prioritise better – Last year my priorities were all wrong, I prioritised certain things that subsequently bit me in the arse. This has a knock on effect on my overall happiness, to the point where I investigated counselling for the first time in years. Essentially what I need to do is take some responsibility and actually look after myself, be it being a little selfish from time to time or doing things I actually enjoy doing. It’s a no brainer really, just annoying it took a while to figure out.

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So yeah, modest goals but all achievable providing I’m not a bellend like last year.

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