I’ve never been one for New Years Resolutions. I’ve always believed if you want to make a change, there is no reason to wait. However, there is something refreshing about starting on a Monday, or the first day of Spring, for example. On the first day of February I started dancing every day. And I’ve kept that deal, bar a handful of days.
August has been my favourite month for as long as I can think. I have no real reason aside from it making me think of an old friend and the way it looks when it’s written in cursive. But this year I’m celebrating in a different way.
Start assignments early.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from teachers, friends, mentors.
Only buy second-hand clothes.
Use less plastic.
Stop biting my nails.
Try new recipes. Mushroom risotto and dal can only be cooked so many times.
Go for daily walks.
Knit a scarf for my best friend.
Write gratitude letters.
They may be small things, and I may not keep any of them.
But if something is important, it’ll happen regardless of when you start, whether it be August 9th or a Thursday in September.
It’s important to make time for things you love, and realistically? What I love most is art and kindness, so it will never be a hassle to knit a scarf for Sarah, or try to reduce my waste. This being said, it’s important to recognise that habits take time (or unlearning something, like biting your nails), and that if you forget to dance tomorrow or start an essay three days before it’s due – it’s okay.
We’re all just trying to find our way and make small changes. There is power in trying, and lessons in falling short. You and I will both grow regardless if we keep our mid-year resolutions or not.\
Words and Images by Caitlin Tait.