New Year's Resolutions: What I Want for 2024
2024 is upon us. Everyone is in the mood of setting their resolutions for the new year.
New Year's resolution is a promise you make to yourself to start doing something good, or stop doing something bad. It could be something simple like "I'm going to start going for a 30-minute walk every day", or it could be something big like "I'm going to start my own business and quit my corporate job". In a way, New Year's resolutions are our dreams and goals we have for our lives. We all have our own resolutions based on what's important to us in life.
My resolution for 2024 is to choose my peace over anything else. And to have a cat.
The last year has been the most peaceful and stressless year of my life. I don't say this lightly. I moved to a new country. I started working with a new set of people from a different cultural background. Me and my spouse had to settle down in this new country where the only people we could call our own were each other.
BUT, with all those new challenges 2023 was a breeze compared to the past few years of my life.
I was stress-free. I was relaxed. I was HAPPY.
And I realised that the reason was that I had gotten myself away from all the negative, toxic, judgemental people back home. They had limited access to me here. Yes, they could still get in contact with me, but I had the option to choose not to talk to them.
The people we surround ourselves with can have a bigger impact on our peace of mind than we think. And it's not always easy to cut every toxic person out of our lives - they could be family, and you will still need to be around them. Moving to a place far away from them works well because you'll see them very rarely, and you can always choose not to answer your phone when they call.
I used to tolerate all the toxic things people threw at me. I would smile and nod, and come home and cry. And I would still make myself go to all the family outings because, of course, I'm a people-pleaser. But I've realised, and decided, that I can say NO and stay away from them for good.
So yes, that's my New Year's resolution for 2024. To choose peace over everything else. And to have a cat.
I hope you will find the courage to choose your peace this year, too.