This yeah was probably the first year I didn’t make any new years goals. Why? Because a few reasons, well, just two:
1. I have goals that I set all the time and a new year doesn’t make it any different.
2. I am enjoying my life right now.
For several years I have set goals on how many 5ks to do or to do longer ones. I’m not doing that this year. I love working out, well, maybe not love but I do enjoy it, but I’m not going to shell out money to do runs when I can be working on other things more important. I love running and working out on my lunch break or in the morning when I first wake up. Sure some days I will make a day of hiking. But am I going to say “Let’s do 5 5k’s in a year”? No. Because who knows if I’ll have time. If there’s an option to save my money and spend it on a submission to a comedy festival I’ll do that. I run at least 2 times a week no point paying to do it in a fancy way with color being thrown at me or jumping on obstacles. Sure that’s fun and sure I am always down to do it if I have time but it isn’t going to be the end of the world if I don’t do one of those this year.
I used to read all the time and last year was the first year probably since high school or more that I didn’t read at least 40-50 books a year. I did a paltry 13 books last year — that’s it — that’s crazy! But then I look back on the year I had and no, it’s not crazy because last year was crazy. Instead of reading I was busy writing or going out and doing mics, watching comedy, just absorbing as much comedy as I can to learn and get better. Even the books I read were the Martin Short autobio, Judd Apatow’s new book. I am not going to read a fiction book when I have the option to learn more about comedy. Sure it’s always great to take a break and zone out to some fiction books — I am a fan of doing that on airplanes, but there wasn’t much time.
I also have been focusing on having fun with friends. Last year I made a bunch of great friends, got a boyfriend, so I’ve been doing that. Living my life you know? Instead of just being stuck at home.When you’re busy focusing on being better at something you love, making a career out of it the little goals that you set just for fun aren’t important anymore. You realize what is more important. On your days off you don’t want to read, you want to hang out with your friends.
Sometimes the goals you set are important. Like I have new ones to do at least 25 mics a month and sometimes — like last month — I didn’t reach it. It’s not the end of the world, sometimes you need a break, sometimes it’s not worth it to push yourself. Life will go on, as long as don’t forget what matters, as long as you don’t give up you can take a break you can miss a day, just don’t some doing what you want to do.