When quizzed by the paparazzi after a gym session earlier in the day, Kanye West said that his resolution for the New Year was “for everybody to be happy”. It may seem a little ambiguous, but it’s his resolution, and he is Kanye. At the end of every year millions, if not billions, around the world pledge to do things differently. We all see a fresh calendar as a chance to do better than we did the previous year. It’s no different for us here at WDFLM. Here are some of the things we have made up our minds to improve on in 2017. Feel free to copy-paste.
Curb the carbs
If you struggled to maintain a healthy diet through 2016, you were not alone. Personally, I made a vow to abstain from wheat as much as I can. That resolve lasted all of two weeks; I was back to hogging pies and croissants before we were halfway through Jan. But like Aaliyah sang, if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. So join me as we strive to keep the gluten at bay.
Do more outdoor stuff
This is one aspect of my life I actually reneged in; you should have seen me hike my ass off in 2015. Even the doctors will tell you that a change of scenery every now and then is good for you. It is nature’s cure for stress and an exciting way to work off those calories you’ve accumulated while chained to your desk. You don’t need to wait for a public holiday or for your boss to approve that long-overdue leave. Just set aside one weekend, attach yourself to an outdoor enthusiasts group and go on a day hike. Your body will thank you.
The world can never have too much love and I have made up my mind to contribute as much as I can to the world’s depleted reserves. You’ll be surprised at how much richer your life will be for the tiniest of good gestures. Again, no need to wait for that grand church-organized or company-sponsored visit to a homeless shelter. Think of that niece whose family is not doing too well. She could use that dress you outgrew two years ago, and you could use the space it’s taking up.
One of the things my only surviving granddad always talks about is education. This Christmas, like every other time I see him, he went on a lengthy speech about how important learning is, and how we should never be satisfied with what we know. Whether it’s taking up that baking course you’ve been putting off or venturing off into a new location, make sure you add to your bank of knowledge this year. I know I will.
No, you don’t have to have Warren Buffett-type billions to become an investor. All you need to do is start saving in a focused way, aiming to set aside money that will bring you more money. The avenues for investment are literally countless and the beauty is that you can always start small. Open a fixed deposit account and commit to throw in at least a hundred dollars every month. If you’re a bit advanced in the savings game you can think of buying a house that you can rent out. Let 2017 be the year you stop consuming every dollar you make and start sowing for the future.
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