As is customary on the first day of the year I intend to make some resolutions in order to stop being the rubbish version of me that the world has come to know and instead become a really good version of me. Maybe even to become the best me that I can be. But that does seem quite ambitious, and also wouldn’t leave me with anywhere to go next year. So it’s probably more realistic to aim to be a version of me that is a little bit better than the current version, but with enough room for improvement that I can still make some resolutions this time next year.
In the past I haven’t taken this annual pledge to self-betterment particularly seriously. Although last year my predictions about 2020 were unerringly accurate. Alarmingly so given that I wrote that entire post as a joke. So I’ll be more careful about predicting the doom of humanity this year. In all honesty that ship may already have sailed anyway. But it wouldn’t hurt to be a touch more optimistic, just in case last year’s post wasn’t a massive coincidence and I do actually have the power to accidently predict the future.
It’s not easy to come up with proper resolutions though. There are myriad ways in which I could be better than I currently am, but they do all seem to require some sort of effort on my part. And I’m not sure I really want to have to try to be better. I’d rather just take it easy, watch an undemanding box-set and have another slice of cake.
But rules are rules and I am obliged to commit to some sort of lifestyle change in order to be a more worthwhile member of the human race. So here are my official resolutions for 2021:
- Start to believe in myself. Obviously I already believe in myself, insofar as I’m quite certain that I exist. I don’t think I’m the tooth fairy or anything mad like that. But maybe I don’t always believe in my capacity to succeed and if watching bad movies has taught me anything it’s that the key to success is blind self-belief in spite of overwhelming evidence of likely failure. When I was in school I briefly had a supply teacher covering my history class and he told us that he truly believed that anyone could achieve whatever they set their mind to. Which was pretty inspirational stuff, although I can only conclude that he didn’t want to achieve the status of permanent employment because he wasn’t with us for very long at all.
- Learn how to fly. Once I’ve achieved the target of ‘believing in myself’, it seems only logical that I use that self-belief to achieve something that I never thought was possible. And I currently don’t believe that I could ever learn to fly. So hopefully that’ll change soon.
- Ignore the naysayers. Obviously a key factor in self-improvement is to not let anyone trample on your dreams. Like the kind of people who say “You definitely can’t fly James, come away from the ledge”. I definitely won’t be listening to those people in 2021!
Ok, that’s that box ticked. Now I can get on with the rest of my day. Which seems likely to involve mindless TV and excess calories.