There’s no New Year’s on January 1st for a university student. Until you finish your exams, you’re still stuck on the previous year and as you approach the end the semester, you gradually see a beam of light of happiness and relief as you say goodbye to exam’s hell.
As each exam passed, I could only think of that light of happiness – just to wake up one day and I have absolutely no work due today, or tomorrow, or ever because the semester is over! This incredible feeling that you get seconds after you hand in your last exam and be able to enjoy it’s like the absolutely tiring weeks you’ve been studying for exams that feel like they’re sucking life years out of you, suddenly you’re born and young again!
I know this feeling is good when you actually pass every subject, and I’m very proud to say that I’ve never failed a subject in my life (knocks on wood). So on January 15th, at 10.02 am I was finally a free bird really to fly to vacation city.
I thought that with all the free time in the world that I had for two and half weeks I would catch up on a thousand series, see all award nominated films, read an incredibly amount of books, go the restaurants I’ve been craving to go for months, etc etc etc!
Nope. Did nothing of that. So what did I do during all those days? Nothing, literally nothing. (I mean, I didn’t stare at a wall for two weeks and half, but lets procede). I went to the movies a couple of times, saw the Australian Open, read a few chapters of A Feast for Crows, was on Pinterest and Youtube for hours, and I can’t thing of anything else I did.
Yep, that’s true, that’s how I spent my days. You must be thinking, damn who the hell spends their vacation weeks like that. To be honest, the answer is quite obvious – my brain was so drained out from studying 24/7 for almost a straight month that all it desired was a good rest of doing nothing.
And all I kept thinking was, I should get something done, at least my New Year’s resolutions! But every single day that passed my brain didn’t want to, and I started to think, it’s almost February it doesn’t make sense to think of resolutions now…
But Chinese New Year kicked in today and it came as the perfect opportunity for me to truly start a new year (well, at least for my brain) even though I am not Chinese. So this year is the year of the horse. As I read on the Independent: Feng shui practitioner Raymond Lo told Reuters: “The upcoming Horse year is also a ‘yang wood’ year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals.” That seems nice, and maybe it’s exactly what I should do!
Let’s make some resolutions shall we?
- Be more positive
- Don’t overthink
- Be calmer
- Eat healthier food
- Exercise more
- Don’t procrastine (Oh Lord…)
- Write much, much, much more
- Read more as well
- Learn new things
- Travel as much as you can
- Don’t be so impulsive
- Spend more time with your friends
But most importantly, I believe that the major change that has to happen this year in my life is to sometimes take more time to think and cherish all the amazing things and people around me and therefore be thankful for the blessed life I have.
Lets go February, I’m ready for you!