I don’t like the idea of making resolutions for a new year. In the beginning, you get hyped up and you feel like you can accomplish anything, then your enthusiasm and motivation slowly fades away as each month passes, and you’re nowhere closer to your goals. And then you somehow end up in the shower with your clothes on and you’re crying while eating a hamburger.
I avoided making resolutions for the longest time because I knew in the end, I wouldn’t accomplish much. I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Well, two years ago, I made
a list of very, very, insanely broad goals just to see what happens. Needless to say, it didn’t really work out. I did a little reading, a little TV watching, but not much else. So, I made the exact same (very, very broad) goals for this year. I did surprisingly well, for an underachieving Asian.
It was more or less the same as the previous year, except I did a lot more reading and TV watching. My ultimate goal was to read at least 30 books. I knew this was a long shot though, especially because I only read 7 books the year previously, so I aimed more toward a range of 24 to 30 books. I ended up reading a total of 25 books. Yes, I know. I’m shocked too. 😮 And the angry Asian moms are so shocked that they have decided to not chase me with bamboo torches for at least a few weeks. Yay.
It was all fiction, mostly YA fiction, because I’m definitely not an over achiever, and it’s easier to find YA fiction that have first person narration than adult fiction. (For those who don’t know, right now, I read only first person narration because it’s a lot more captivating and interesting to me than third person.) There was some comedy. There was some drama. There were some re-reads. All of them were pretty much fairly easy reads because, again, I know my limits, and I’m not going to set up myself for failure on purpose. And, overall, I am quite happy with the results.
Now, TV watching was significantly less successful, but I feel a lot more accomplished this year compared to last year. Now, I do not know whether I watched more TV in 2020 compared to 2019, but what I do know is I feel I was more prepared. My problem with TV watching in the past is I do it so inconsistently that I tend to either not know what I want to watch because, well, I want to watch everything or when I do want to watch a specific show, I don’t remember where I last left off. Now, I’m more focused. I have a small selection of TV shows I’m watching at any given time. The key is to have enough TV shows to watch so I don’t feel like I have to find a new TV show to watch every time I want to watch something but also not too many to the point where I feel overwhelmed. I’m still not watching nearly as much as I want to, but I feel a lot better about it now.
Needless to say, all of my other goals/resolutions have been pretty much ignored (writing, getting into other hobbies, etc.), although I have been into action figures more than I used to, but that’s not really saying a lot, lol. So, right now, I am going to focus on reading and watching TV more and everything else, well, it will just happen when it happens.