Another year over.
Another new beginning.
God knows how many New Year’s resolutions that are fix to be broken after only a few days or weeks.
This year I thought a lot about what I want to do with my life. What activities and experiences to fill my life with. What I wanted to achieve and what kind of person I want to be.
As a child when one of my eyelashes fell out and I could make a wish I always wished to be happy.
But how? And what is happiness anyway?
Unlikely some other people I don’t think that doing things you love, being creative and spending time with your the ones you love with make me fully happy. Deep down.
I came to the conclusion that the ‘more’ that I was missing was that I wanted to help others and to do ‘good deeds’ (as cheesy and cliché as that sounds). We are all so privileged and fortunate. And it’s so easy to take many things for granted. So often we get caught up in our ‘first world problems’. And that’s ok. But sometimes we need to take a step back, be grateful and appreciate everything that we have.
What – in retrospect – really started making me think was becoming vegan. I don’t know how but doing good for the animals, other people and the environment through my way of eating (which btw is such an easy way to contribute to a better world) started an inner process. I realized that I wanted to do more. So I started tutoring a refugee from Afghanistan on a voluntary basis. To see how only an hour of my week can help somebody else so much and see their appreciation makes me happy on a whole other level. For me this is one of the best feelings.
So my endeavours for the upcoming months are to find a way to incorporate more actions that will help others into my life. I want this year to shape me in a way that at the end of it I can look back and be proud, happy and grateful for what I have achieved. And I know that it won’t be easy. But I will try.
One step at a time. Maybe baby steps. Maybe at the pace of a slug. But I want to give my best to make this world a little better.
I want to end this overly cheesy post with an even more cheesy quote of a song that I’m sure every body knows but we maybe should remember a bit more and take to heart.
‘We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day so let’s start giving.’