1 Jan 2017 King’s Park Perth WA. Samii McCormick
2016 was admittedly a very tough year and I know I am not the only one glad to see the back of it.
I have never been a subscriber to the notion of ‘Resolutions’. A binding blood pact I make with my future self, to be someone better? No thank you. It has always felt like giving myself homework, putting a unessessary load on my already burdened shoulders. I don’t need that, I expect enough of myself and how my life should be already. But this year I feel like challenging myself a little. Maybe setting some goals wouldn’t be too bad. I mean it’s great to be working towards something, to have something to look forward to. And is it not good to want to better ourselves, to be the best versions of ourselves? There is nothing wrong with wanting to make a positive change in your life.
My new year resolutions are more of fun list of things I’d like to work on but if you need an imaginary clean slate in your life to make you feel better, grab a colourful pen and a big sheet of butchers paper and start dreaming.
Here are mine
I want to be ok on way own
I hate being alone. I need private down time, I struggle with physical contact (much to my housemates dismay) and I can become physically ill if I push myself to far but I have a terrible case of FOMO; so much so that I become very upset if I spend too long on my own. I want that to change. I want to go out, see a movie, eat lunch out, go for a walk, explore new places, travel, on my own. And be ok with it.
I want to be less of a perfectionist
I am a control freak. I’m not embarrassed to admit it but I am a little ashamed of how much of a pain I can be because of it. I am an on-the-fence part-time self-diagonosed OCD sufferer who hates germs but needs the freedom to be a mess sometimes. But when it comes to the creative process I can be a ruthless dictator and terrible self critic. I want to be happier with my creative process and it’s outcomes. I want to be more understanding and accommodating of others processes too. I want to be less afraid of people’s opinions, of expressing myself. I want to be bold and take creative risks. I want to create more for me, to enjoy it again, I miss it.
I want to dance more
Literally and figuratively. I never feel more alive, more at ease, grounded, in place, than when I dance. I feel at peace, joyful, limitless and strong. It’s almost like the troubles of the world cease when I dance. My ever spinning mind stops thinking, my DIY repaired heart stops caring. I am free to be me. I want more of that feeling.
I want to make a difference
This is nothing new but that doesn’t mean I don’t mean it when I say it. I want to notice those around me and form positive relationships with those people. I want to support and uplift, encourage and stand beside. I want to be a helper, I want to be more willing. I want to be someone people rely on, lean on, turn to. I want to be the voice of change, the voice of reason, the voice for those without the courage to speak. I want to be the challenger. I want to be a breath of fresh air, a new colour in the sea of stand outs. I want to be a difference maker, more then ever, more than anything.
However 2016 may have been for you, let the confetti fall and settle in the past. Whatever goals you may set, dreams you may dream or resolutions you may make for 2017 I hope that this year is a year of great accomplishments, blessing and fun for all of you. Get out there, explore, try, create!
Good luck Difference Makers. Let’s go change the world.