Although I hope for many new things this year, I have one resolution that I want to focus on. Instead of calling it a resolution, I want to think of it as a reminder, and I hope that by putting it into writing, I can look back at it as a constant reminder.
For the new year and every year to follow, I want to live in the moment. We're all guilty of focusing on the future and obsessing over things out of our reach and about things that haven't happened yet, but I want to be grateful for the things going on now. I want to appreciate the good moments, the small moments, and I even want to live during the moments that seem too tough to handle.
This past year I've stressed too much, and I realized I stress about things I can't change more than I do appreciating things I don't want to change. Everyone has heard the saying, "Instead of asking yourself 'Why is this happening to me?,' ask yourself, 'What is this teaching me?," and I want to remember that every time I feel like giving up.
I've been focusing on transferring schools, and I haven't been focusing on the school I go to now. I want to meet new people, go to parties, and be more involved until one day I won't get the chance. I've given up so many opportunities by waiting for new ones to arise. I also focus more on a career I may have in the future instead of appreciating where I work now and who I work with. I'm passing by opportunities and moments every day without realizing it. When I look back on this time in my life, I don't want to regret it. I don't want to think that I should've been appreciated or lived the fullest while I had the chance. I want to laugh and smile now, so I can look back and laugh and smile more. I want to remember being happy and loving every memory I make out of this time.
This year I don't want to dedicate the year to myself - I want to dedicate this year to everyone around me and everything going on. This year is about positivity, happiness, and enjoying life. If anyone needs a reminder to live in the moment, look at this article and remind yourself that every day brings something new, and everything has to end whether that be good or bad. I pass up too many good things anticipating what comes next. I don't want to take this life for granted. I want to live.
My fortune in my fortune cookie said, "Stop searching for forever. Happiness is sitting right next to you," and if that's not a sign, I don't know what is. Happiness is now. Happiness is this moment all those that continue. Happiness is me.