Be the change: why 2017 will be better than 2016

I think we can all agree that 2016 was terrible. For me, it started with so much promise and excitement. Not much came from it.

But I remain optimistic. I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year has been a complete disaster. I’m determined to flip that around in 2017.

I’ve spent the year watching in helplessness as tyrants continue to take over the world and wondering how we got here.

With all the destruction going on in the world right now, I’ve been making a deliberate effort to look inwards and ask myself if I harbour any destructive qualities within myself. I’d like to think I’m no tyrant, but I know for a fact I do have selfish and bossy streaks – not to mention my sas mouth and lack of filter.

While I will try to do my part to ease the suffering of my fellow human beings, I also want to challenge my own self and spend everyday trying to be better than the day before. My aim is to become the person I want to be and contribute towards the world I want us to live

So I’ve set myself daily, weekly and monthly goals.


Start reading again. There was a time in my life when I read literally everything. People would say they ‘watched the movie but didn’t read the book’, and I used to be like…


This is stolen from a meme, but it’s accurate. Now I’m the lazy person who watches the movie but doesn’t read the book. I don’t want to read just any book though. I want to read books that challenge my views and leave me speechless. One book per month is a realistic starting point.


Start journaling again. I did this throughout university and I’m not sure why I stopped. I wrote as if it was a conversation with a higher power and it always served as a relief from life’s stresses and frustrations. Perhaps it can help to get rid of some negative energy and make space for positive adjustments in my life.


Give daily compliments. This is going to be the hardest of all, because I don’t do affection. I’ve only recently started doing hugs. I just know I’m going to feel like a weirdo sending people unexpected texts telling them what I admire about them. The messages will probably just be ‘hi you’re funny bye’. But at people get to know they’re acknowledged.

I also don’t know 365 people, so a lot of people will get multiple compliments, which is even more awkward, but even better too.


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