New Year's resolutions are so dumb. If you have goals, why do you have to wait until the first of January to start working towards them? No wonder why gym locals get so annoyed with all the newbies that show their face on January 1st only to drop off in a week. I applaud the push to finally do things, but still find it wasteful and sad that people have to wait so long to do things. I always say there is so much life to live, but so little life. In another life, I'd be an interior designer, or small business brand consultant, tattoo artist, and the list goes on. I know some optimists out there would say "This is possible!," but let's get real. If you're not working, you're catching up on sleep. And if you're not sleeping, you're de-stressing by doing something brainless like watching tv. If you're not watching tv, you're trying to fulfill one of your alternate lifestyles. And if you're trying to fulfill one of them, you're not filling the others. Then you throw in trying to catch up with friends or spending time with family. You just can't win.
With that being said, goals are the guidelines to my lifestyle. I like to keep myself interested in things other than nursing because I know there is more to life than my job, even if I love my job. I know my life is one of the bajillion in the world, and to experience something out of my comfort zone is to experience the normalcy of someone else's . . and that, to me, is so cool. The idea of different cultures, and the idea of different people within those cultures. That things could be so vastly different, not just across borders, but literally within the smallest groups of people. In a family, in a classroom. Different personalities - one of the reasons I love Boston. Lots of diversity, lots of busyness and people frantically chasing about their own lifestyles everyday.
So on that note, experiencing something different. I work towards the pillars of my life everyday, that being my job, fitness, and my relationships. But New Year's is a time for quirky goals. So here are the quirky, different things I want to experience this year:
1. Spices. I want to conquer spices. This was inspired by my favorite Thai dish, the Khao Soi from Brown Sugar, and traditional Vietnamese soups like Pho and Bo Kho. Some dishes are so intricate and packed with spices in these really subtle layers, which I think is so cool. So that's why spices. Mike got me a mean spice rack for Christmas so I can start with those, :).
2. Massage therapy. I love giving and getting massages. I think the idea of alternative healing and complementary/alternative medicine is underrated, but incredibly useful, resourceful, and simply efficient. This goes in hand in hand with being good to my body. Every year I have a "body" goal. Last year's was to drink more water. I'm proud to say, this past year, I drank just as much water as I did coffee . . probably . .
3. Interior design. Ever since Mike and I moved into our small, one-bedroom condo, I've been forced to think long and hard about the balance between decor, furniture, and saving space. It's been a good challenge this past year playing Tetris with potential layouts and schemes of where things would go and what little knick-knacks would go where. Not to mention after reading The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, I realize how sacred, precious, and essential your home is to your mentality and attitude everyday. It's inspired me to also be better about my space and environment. The book I'm currently reading, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, also makes me realize how I should treat the items I own with more respect and value. After all, I worked hard to earn them!
4. Floral arrangement. I love flowers. They're pockets of color in this world, and I love the instantaneous happiness, warmth, and fun they add to the places they're found. So one goal I have is to just learn more about them because they're just so damn pretty.
5. Forensic handwriting. In another life, I might have also been a forensic handwriting analyst. This interest started with watching Forensic Files at a young age. I always thought it was so cool how people used something as simple as script to make life-changing decisions and put criminals to jail. The idea that there was a tangible representation of someone's innate characteristics that could be studied, and yet is so often ignored, was awesome to me. People don't usually care about their handwriting, but for as long as I can remember, I've loved taking notes and writing solely for the act of writing out the letters. My aunt used to make me rewrite my homework over in elementary school if it wasn't "perfect," which is where my love for handwriting first originated. Ever since then, I've found a lot of crazy people out there like me who apparently like letter forms as much as I do.
That's all for now. Hopefully, I get to all of them. One step at a time . .