It's been 2018 for a couple of days now, and surprise, surprise, I don't feel any different. Having one day that starts the new year seems a little arbitrary to me; I'm not much of one for lavish parties, and ever since I reached adulthood and didn't need an excuse of a specific holiday to stay up until midnight playing video games (which is what New Year's Eve meant to me as a kid), New Years has faded in its significance. I've also never been much of one for resolutions, especially the kind that you don't start until a specific arbitrary day; if there's something that needs to be changed in my life, I usually change it as soon as I recognize the need. What, after all, is the point of waiting when I can do it right now?
Still, a new year, however arbitrary, allows for a chance to reflect and course correct. I'm not making any hard resolutions, but I am going to make some gentle suggestions for 2018-me to consider going forward.
- Spend less time on social media. Seriously, V, it eats so much of your time. You could be writing. You could be reading. YOU COULD BE PLAYING STARDEW VALLEY.
- Of the time you do spend on social media, try to spend more of it on Mastodon. It's a kinder, gentler place with lots of useful discussion about story and tea. Twitter makes you anxious. Keep the twitter account, by all means; there's people on there that you love and want to keep in touch with. But also be nice to yourself and spend more time on Mastodon.
- Keep writing. Turn off social media for a while (maybe an hour?) every day, and sit in front of that computer and write. Make words. That novel isn't going to happen otherwise. The blog won't write itself either.
- Keep getting those endorphins. Exercise takes time, and you'd rather be doing lots of other things, but it's worth it to finally have a brain that doesn't feel buried under worry, indecision, and self-doubt.
- Make the world a better place. I hope you figure out something more than the bare minimum of donating, calling, and voting that you can do. If you don't, just keep doing what you're doing.
I think that's it. Who knows what 2018 holds; I'm not necessarily optimistic, but I'm hopeful and willing to put in the work.
May 2018 be the year where that's enough.