I’ve never been consistent about New Years resolutions; typically I dedicate myself more to the creation of resolutions on Rosh Hashanah, in the fall, and consider the matter settled until next September.
This has been an important New Years, however; my last one before Official Legal Adulthood. I didn’t have resolutions at the ready January 1st, but in anticipation of my birthday on the 12th, I’ve decided to put effort into a concentrated list. Thusly, behold:
Julia’s New-Year-In-Addition-To-Entering-Adulthood Resolution Extravaganza
- Communicate, when needed, in a timely manner. Get used to emailing and calling people, even when you are intimidated by the prospect. Handle your plans, your financial situation, your academics, everything as needed via the routes of communication available to you.
- Schedule your time. Schedule blocks of homework, blocks of art, blocks of resting. It will make all of those areas that more effective, and better preserve your energy throughout the day.
- Study. Study hard. I don’t know why you’ve been underperforming so badly in Calculus so far this year, but you have the ability to recover. Just do all the homework and practice and studying, don’t give up, don’t feel discouraged. You know you have this in you, and you know how to increase your chances.
- Explore new ways to please yourself through art. You feel like you’re stagnating, like there’s no point in doodling when you always doodle the same constipated designs. There’s plenty out there to brighten your way. Be inspired, not discouraged, by those who you admire.
- Take care of yourself. Go to sleep at a nice hour, give yourself time to wake up in the morning. Take your meds every day. Pack food when you need food, eat in the morning. Shower, or take a bath. Simple, essential stuff.
- Document. Write things down, here or on paper, in your agenda or in a notebook. Take pictures – use your new camera! Go out and document what your life looks like now, posterity is important to you. Make albums. Get good pictures of all your friends, of you with them, of the places you know before they change.
- Engage in things that matter to you. Be the best concertmaster you can be, show leadership in every way that you can, step up to what would be helpful. I believe in you, I know you have that energy in you somewhere. Throw yourself into your AP art exhibition, into studying personal interests, into organizing your workspace. Fill your life with the big rocks first, the little rocks later.
- Practice! This is quite possibly your last ever semester of private violin lessons. These will be your last recitals! Make them count. Take the time you have again, use your senioritis to advance yourself. Make your parents proud, make yourself feel good. Practice for orchestra, that’ll make everything so much less painful. Do everyone a favor.
- Do work around the house without prompting. Get back into that litter box groove, wash the dishes so that Mom won’t have to, keep your bathroom clean. Empty trashcans regularly! And keep toilet paper supplies up in the bathroom pls