2013, the year of getting yourself together


It’s the new year, and we’re already some days in January so we’re all used to 2013 already and everything is still kind of the same, non? Not quite. There are a few things I’d like to type down at the start of this new year. I was thinking to call them resolutions, but those never stick. So I’ll go with ‘the rules for the year of 2013’. Fancy, eh?

Follow your dreams. I noticed it’s an often used phrase in the world of hipster people. But it’s quite true. Only then you will live life as you please. I think. – No but really, you’ve only got one life, why shouldn’t you put some effort in the things you’d really like to do. And to be honest, I recently have been brooding on some plans with a friend of mine. Some neat projects are on there way for this coming year.

Change your mindset. I’m kind of a positive person, but I’m of the worrying kind. I was secretly hoping for the end of the world on December 21 so I didn’t need to think about my future anymore. I realised that this is not the way I want to think and live life. Life is fun, especially if I stick to rule no. 1. Of course it’s hard work, but that’s good.

Stop reading comment section. And by that I don’t mean the comments on my blog because those are quite wonderful really (thank you). But the comment section on videos or articles you really like. Some people suck and say sucky things. It’s a waste of time and energy to read (or worse: go in discussion with them).

Willpower can be infinite. This is something I spotted on lifehacker.com a little while ago (I spotted lifehacker a little while ago too, which might be one of the rules too: read more lifehacker, but not too much). Willpower is only a finite resource if you believe it is. “Look at tasks as bigger challenges that you want to overcome and you’ll find the willpower you need. That’s easier said than done, of course, but it sounds like it won’t take much more than regular reminders.”

Educate yourself. I am attending university, that is teaching me a way in life. I love what I study, but I know I won’t end up as a curator in a museum. Right now, I really wouldn’t want that. I think it’s necessary to educate yourself on ‘everyday’ things, and other things that interest me. So read more books, watch more movies, discuss more ‘stuff’ with people.

Of course, have lots of more fun than previous years, eat more foods you’ve never tasted before, help people more, smile more, be who you like. – And to end this gushy post with three ‘real resolutions’: I am planning to get my Ghibli film collection almost complete this year, to take my studies more serious and to travel to South Korea for the first time in my life. It’s going to be an exciting year, for sure.


The pictures are from this day in 2012.

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