I’m Not Making a Resolution

I didn’t last New Year’s Eve and 2016 has been the best year I have ever had. This past year I have grown in every aspect of my life: professionally, socially, financially, mentally, etc. I didn’t have any time specific goals set as the year started. I didn’t give myself a 30-day challenge. I didn’t start a diet. I didn’t start going to the gym. Instead, I just kept on with my life, following some overarching goals I have established for myself as time has gone on.

I do have goals

- I want to travel — a lot
- I want to be married someday
- I don’t want to worry about money
- I want to surround myself with good people
- I want my life story to be worth telling

I don’t recite these goals to myself daily. I don’t have them hung up on a wall anywhere. But rather, they are a subconscious list that add up to my only real goal: I want to be happy.

I prioritize what actually makes me happy

I enjoy being able to make irrational decisions. I like being able to buy plane tickets on a whim. I want to be able to buy my friends a round of drinks without having to first check my bank account. I don’t care that I’ve been wearing the same few pairs of jeans for years and that a majority of my t-shirts were given to me for free. The money I make is plenty for the things I care for, and that’s what makes me happy.

I’ve become a yes man… well, maybe I always was one. But when opportunities come up I am always ready. This, in turn, builds my friendships, my collection of stories to tell, and of course, quenches my thirst for adventure.

So, for 2017

Cheers everyone, Happy New Year!

Programmer — Writer. @andyhartnett12

Programmer — Writer. @andyhartnett12