You may have read the post from my birthday last year, a letter to the 13-year-old me. This year, as I turned 24, rather than look back at the person I was, I instead wanted to look forward to the person I am becoming and make a pledge for what I would achieve over the next year. If it’s in the public domain it makes you more accountable to stick to it right?
Let’s hope so! So below is a list of five things I want to achieve as a 24-year-old. Feel free to pull me up on any of these if you think I’m breaking them.
I will treat my body right. As much as I do want to lose weight, I also want to be healthier. I go through stages where I am really healthy and active and then I undo all the good work by eating takeaways every night for 2 weeks and eat my body weight in chocolate. I need to stop this. Not just because of what it’s doing to my insides but also for my mental wellbeing – I’m fed up of being upset with what I see in the mirror.
I will know what I deserve. I mean this in the context of my work life as much as I do in my personal life. I will do all I can to not be taken for granted and only accept to be treated in a way that reflects the way I treat others.
I will give back. There are so many people in the world less fortunate than I am and whether it’s through donating money or by helping people have the confidence to face tasks they feel like they can’t, I want to give back. I hope to do that a lot through blogging and being more open about situations I have been through in the hope that I can make a difference in someone else’s life.
I will work even harder. I’ve always been a hard worker but I can do a hell of a lot more. I’m fed up of thinking if I would have tried harder, or put in that extra bit of effort I could have X, Y and Z. This time I am putting 100% into everything I do, whether that be friendships, work, blogging or anything else I commit to.
I will learn to be more content. While I will always strive for something bigger and better, I will also learn to be content with what I have. I’ve worked fucking hard to be where I am today and I need to learn to see love in the simple things and appreciate where I have come – I believe that’s when you truly start to be happy.