2019: The Year Of Scary Changes

2019: The Year Of Scary Changes

Once the ball drops and it's January 1, 2019, things will start being a lot more real.

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2019 scares me. It scares me more than any other year so far.

For starters, I'm graduating in May and I cannot stress this enough: I have NO IDEA what I'm doing, where I'm going, or what I even want to do. Another reason is after this year in politics, anything goes and that's terrifying but I won't get into that.

I think 2019 is so scary because I don't know what's coming which is kind of a given for every new year but I can usually foresee a little bit. For example, the past 3 ½ years, I knew that I would be returning back to the familiar campus of James Madison University with all my friends, my roommates, and my fraternity brothers. I would continue studying Dance and Media Arts and Design. I would have fun.

But this new year...I know that I'll finish up my final semester at the best school, I'll have to move out of my home on Bayberry and say goodbye to my friends, my roommates, and my fraternity brothers. But after that, I don't know what'll happen.

Will I still keep in contact with everyone I love? Will my four years prove to be beneficial and fruitful for my future career path? Should I have done more during my time at school? Will I even want to do what I've been studying for? What if I fail?

While I'm scared, don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about New Year's Eve! My friends and I are going to a swanky, fancy party--my first one like this ever which just goes to show that getting older isn't always scary. It's just once the ball drops and it's January 1, 2019, things will start being a lot more real.

The older I get, the faster the years fly by and more expectations fall onto my shoulders. Now I'm expected to file my tax returns, pay rent, get a job on top of my school work, be self-sufficient, make sure I have good insurance, make my own doctors appointments (that's probably the hardest one if we're being honest), and make my own financial and personal decisions. For anyone who has ever said that being an adult is freeing and fun, I'm here to say, it's more like extremely stressful and daunting and that's why 2019 is so scary...I have to officially go out into the world and do the damn thing. Sure, I'll have people to turn to when I need assistance but for the most part, it'll be all me.

I guess it's a bit reassuring that I must not be the only one who feels this way and that I'm not the first one to be making this switch into the real world. It also helps to know that I'm going into the new year with my friends and I'll at least have one last semester with them. So for better or for worse, bring on 2019!

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17 Resolutions For 2017

New Years is the perfect excuse for making better habits.
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It is officially 2017! After the mess of a year that was 2016, I definitely wanted to take the new year as an opportunity to strive to be a better person. There are so many aspects in my personal life that I would like to perfect or better, and the new year is a fantastic opportunity to begin working on the such things. I feel that there are many New Years resolutions that are common among all people including exercising more, eating healthier, and practicing self-care; so, I have compiled a list of 17 resolutions that I would like to accomplish in 2017 in order to inspire others who share some or all of the same goals.

1. Say yes to more adventures.


I spent the latter half of 2016 studying abroad in England, which was an adventure that was completely out of comfort zone. However, this experience helped me grow as a person. In the new year, I would like to do a lot more of what makes me uncomfortable.

2. ...but be comfortable with saying no.


Although saying yes to new things can be eye-opening growing experiences, it is important to learn to say no to things that bring you stress.

3. Take more time to relax.


As a working college student, I tend to have a lot of responsibilities and due dates that flood my life with stress and anxiety. I feel that I definitely need to learn how to relax and take time to practice self-care.

4. Eat a cleaner diet.


Eating clean is something that I would like to practice during the new year, because clean diets have been found to lead to clearer skin, less anxiety, and more energy.

5. Work Out consistently.

In addition to eating clean, exercising is key to achieving a healthy, balanced life. Personally, I love running and working out, but I would like to follow a consistent plan during the new year in order to make more time for exercising.


6. Have a schedule and follow it.

Sometimes, I find myself forgetting events or due dates. I think it is important to write important reminders down and create and follow a daily schedule so that you are able to stay on track.


7. Stop procrastinating.

It is extremely easy to procrastinate on school or work if you do not practice healthy habits. In 2017, I am going to try my hardest to develop small habits that will lead to big differences in my work performance.


8. Maintain a better sleeping pattern.

I have a really poor habit of falling asleep and waking up at erratic times, so I am striving to develop a healthier and steady sleep schedule that will hopefully be leaving me feeling energized throughout the day.

9. Read one book per month.

A good way to relax is to read, and I haven't found the time to read a good book in a long time. Also, reading is a brilliant alternative to spending time mindlessly scrolling through social media.


10. Challenge myself to save $5000 by the end of the year.

I found a great plan for saving money (thanks to Pinterest), and I am really excited to follow it so that I can learn how to save and manage my money better.

11. Be more patient.

Oftentimes, I find myself extremely impatient with how certain aspects of my life are panning out, so I feel that it might be healthy to relax and leave some things in the hands of the universe.

12. Unplug more.

Every morning, I wake up and immediately turn to my phone in order to check my texts and social medias. I want to get rid of this nasty habit and spend more time doing healthy activities in the mornings such as reading or practicing yoga.

13. Spend less time in my room.

Sometimes, I feel that life is too much to handle and I don't want to leave my room. However, it is important to remember that everything will turn out fine. Get out and embrace the day!

14. Make my own coffee at home more often.

One of my worst habits is giving a lot of my money to Starbucks. It is easy to stop at the Starbucks drive-thru on the way to school or work, but the money you spend on coffee certainly adds up after a while.

15. Call more people.

If I am unable to talk to someone in person, I certainly result to sending a short text to them. However, I find that it is healthier to speak over the phone if possible; this simple act can help relationships flourish.

16. Spend less money on frivolous things.

The amount of clothes, food, makeup, or coffee that I have spent money on is honestly ridiculous. I should be saving my money for more important things, so in 2017, I would like to be more of a minimalist.

17. Do my best.

All in all, I can draft out my goals for the new year, but the only thing I can do to be a better person is my best. I hope that you try your best to make 2017 your year to thrive!

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This Year, I Will Stop Worrying About Situations That Have Not Happened

Worrying about every negative outcome is a dreadful way of protecting yourself.

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I remember crying in the airport, ridiculously anxious and scared of a horrible situation that had not even happened, for one instance. I typically make myself sick over the fear of a bad outcome in the future, but this toxic way of thinking is no way to live a healthy life.

In short, it is anxiety, but instead of just classifying it as anxiety, I have found that most of the times I am upset or worried is when I am depicting a horrible outcome in my head of what life could spin in to. It is my way of protecting myself, thinking of every upsetting scenario and going through the ways of how I will handle it in my head prior to it happening. It can sound somewhat logical, but my mind got carried away with it.

It didn't end up being a thought-out method with plans of reaction for negative outcomes, I would end up worrying about things so bizarre and so unlikely to happen and it would completely consume me. It robbed me of happiness. Worrying about unreal and unlikely situations sent me into spirals of crying and anxiety, and not for any real or plausible reason. I would spend the whole day staring at the wall, unable to speak to anyone because my worry was so consuming, or finally meet my breaking point and just erupt in tears and have to explain to the people around me that I am basically crying for no reason.

There is too much life to live to live every day by the lingering thought of "What if something bad happens?" I have too many good days ahead of me to be spent worrying, and a handful of bad ones that should not be made worse by worry or fear. Life is good, and it is almost frightening because it has been very good for a while, perhaps this is why my mind wants to prepare for the worst, as the daunting thought of things being "too good" comes into play.

Even when bad days come, and they will, I will handle them. I have noticed that when life is so hard, I get through it, and I look back thinking "Damn. How did I ever get through that?" I take pride in the fact that when bad days, situations, and periods of life do occur, I always, always handle them. But, in the meantime, I would like to savor my good days instead of worrying about not-yet-existent bad days.

So, this is a big step for me, but I am going to try and do this. I know it will bring peace to me, and a lot of people who surround me. This year, I will stop worrying about situations that have not happened.

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