Each year before this one, I’ve tried to make a bucket list full of goals for the new year. While the idea of a bucket list is really great, I don’t think I’m alone when I say we all know how it goes. The first two weeks, you stick to that bucket list like glue. You’re feeling great — you’ve been hitting the gym every day, you haven’t eaten chocolate in days, and you’ve already bought tickets for Luke Bryan’s summer tour. You’re on a roll.
But by the time February comes around, the bucket list has been left in the dust. Day fifteen came around and you ate a Reese’s cup (more like three). Although you already purchased your Luke Bryan ticket, you’ve decided to let go of getting a tattoo this year, and going to a Notre Dame football game has been forgotten too. The roll has come to a stop.
Because this is the all-too-relatable reality of the bucket list, I’ve decided against making a list that I’ll ultimately end up disappointed with. As 2016 quickly approaches, I’ve decided to simply be better in every aspect of my life. Instead of making specific goals like “go to the gym five days out of the week”, I want to go to the gym more often because it makes me feel great and it’s good for me. I don’t plan on running a 5k under 25 minutes, I plan on running a 5k as fast as I can. If that happens to be under 25 minutes, then its an added bonus.
In 2016, I want to work harder in school because getting good grades is super important to me.
I want to workout more because I want my legs to look like Carrie Underwood’s legs.
I want to be more spontaneous because I want to go outside of my box and make memories that I’ll never forget.
I want to work on being more patient because my impatience is one of my biggest weaknesses.
I want to be more kind because the world really needs to be led by example right now.
I want to eat less pizza & dessert and more fruits & vegetables because I want to nourish my body, not bog it down.
I want to read more because it’s what I love to do and it’s a huge part of my major AND my career goal.
I want to try new things because I want to grow as a person.
I want to accomplish all of these things, and I want to actually accomplish them. So instead of going into 2016 thinking “new year, new me,” I’m going into 2016 thinking “new year, better me.” I will also be channeling my inner Michelle Tanner in 2016.
Have a Happy New Year everyone!