I was thinking of having a topic for New Year’s resolutions. January 1st was a long time ago and the Lunar New Year isn’t quite here yet, but let’s ma some resolutions anyways.
It’s a tradition in the West to start off a new year with a plan to make a personal change—a resolution. For myself, I would like to start to think more positively. In general I am a very pessimistic person and it is easy for me to get into a bad mood. I am a little tired of feeling down so frequently, so this is one characteristic that would be good for me to change. I think the first step for me to become more positive it is to try not to react to things immediately; instead I should think about whether there are different ways to interpret a situation. For example, one situation most of us face is when we send a message to a friend and we don’t get a reply. It is easy to feel neglected, isn’t it. However, it is also easy to forget a message. You see a message, open it, say ‘I am busy now; I’ll respond to it later’ and it gets pushed down the page and out of your memory. Instead of jumping to conclusions, I should try to be more empathetic and consider other possibilities. Another thing I can do it so talk more frequently to my friends about things. They can help me gain a different perspective, especially if they know I am looking for more positive ways of looking at things. (The image at the top of the page is from my series of photos of street art in Seoul, Korea)
What would you like to change about yourself? Why? How do you plan to do this?