New year, new you. Heard that a million times? The beginning of January is a time when everyone feels compelled to examine his or her life—everyone but the cynics, who seem to be growing tremendously (at least on the internet). We all remember our successes from years past but hope to learn from our mistakes. Most importantly, we promise ourselves to make this coming year the best we’ve lived. And that is an inspiring aspiration, really: to make each year better than the last. It would give us something to keep on living for.
So I challenge you this week, or whenever you get the time, not only to write your resolutions for the year, but for life. A bucket list of sorts. But here’s the twist: it would be really fascinating for us to reflect on why we want to do the things we want to do. So a detailed “bucket list,” one in which you provide motivations and descriptions, is really an even cooler idea. And here’s the best part—be sure to leave plenty of space to go back and write how you completed each item and how you felt after doing it. It can become a journal of your life’s greatest achievements, something you can look back on one day and say, “Here’s what I dreamed, here’s why, here’s how I did it, and here’s how it made me feel.”
The project still alludes to “new year, new you.” But hopefully it has enough of a spin to remain interesting as you tackle this year with full force. Happy writing!