"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, 'This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!'
And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, 'No. This is what’s important.'"
It's been a whirlwind year, and if it's taught me anything, it's about priorities. You are what you repeatedly do, so it's important that whatever that is be the thing you deem most important.
They say that saying no becomes easier when you have a bigger, more important "yes" burning inside you. While I agree that it's true, it's not always easy. Oftentimes, it's a hell of a lot easier to say yes to a party, another episode of whatever you're binge-watching on Netflix, or even just a nap than it is to say yes to something that will put you on course to meet your goals. I for one am terrible at saying no, especially to friends or work. That's a big part of why this blog has been neglected as of late, or why my other writing is a slow and steady process. As I often rationalize to myself, life just gets in the way.
I don't believe in New Years resolutions, because I think if you want to change your life you should do it- no waiting around for January 1st to get your life into shape. So I'm using my newfound free time over the holiday break to reassess my priorities. As much as I love laying in bed watching the umpteenth episode of SVU on a Sunday morning or going out to a country bar on Friday night, I also need to make time for myself and the things that not only make me happy in the moment, but make me happy in the long run of my life. I don't want to look back and just say I had a good time. I want to achieve something lasting that I can be proud of. And if that means carving out an hour a day to stick to my goals- writing something, anything- then that is what I'll do. Because that's where my priorities are at at this point in life. With graduation looming just a year away and real life just around the corner, I intend to use my time while I have it.
So challenge yourself, whether it's right this minute or in the new year, to put your goals first. Whether it's squeezing in a workout every day or taking up photography, do something now that your future self might thank you for.