Normally I don't do New Year's Resolutions. As I see it, why wait for the new year to improve yourself? So this year, instead of thinking of new things I want to improve, I'm going to use this milestone to recement what I'm already trying to do.
Here are my 2017 New Year's Resolutions:
- My first New Year's Resolution is to remain a vegetarian all year. -- While I'd like to stay one much longer than that, I want to at least keep it up through 2017. I've tried to be a vegetarian once before, and it lasted for only 3 months. When I returned to high school after the summer break that I became vegetarian, the only vegetarian lunch option was pb&j sandwiches. While those are good for a while, after a month of eating them every lunch, every day I couldn't take it anymore. Now that I'm out of high school, I feel I have no excuse for not sticking with it this time.
- Second, I would like to greatly reduce the amount of plastic I use this year. -- There are many reasons plastic isn't good for the environment or the human body. From toxic chemicals, to the fact that it never goes away. Using less plastic is a good thing. While I know I'll never be able to completely erase it from my life, I'd like to continue reducing my consumption of it in 2017. After all, the first R is REDUCE!
- My final New Year's Resolution doesn't really have anything to do with going green, but instead it's to be a person Carrie Fisher would be proud of. -- I've grown up looking up to Princess Leia. She was the first Princess I saw who wasn't so much interested in romance as in saving the Galaxy. As I got older, I learned more about Carrie Fisher herself, and when I developed OCD her honesty about her struggle with mental illness helped me not be so scared. Scared that I could never be successful, or loved, or happy. Instead, she helped me to see it as just an obstacle to overcome; even if it's something I have to overcome every day.
Her death hurt. She's an icon to me for so many reasons. She's someone who's spoken out against sexism, ageism, and the stigma of mental illness. She's someone who spoke her mind and didn't give a crap what people thought of her. Carrie Fisher is someone I look up to, and want to make proud, even if she never knew me. Besides, she's practically the mother of all geek girls. Sci-fi just wouldn't be the same without her.
I'm going into 2017 hopeful, though cautious. Climate change deniers are going to come to power. It's more important now than ever to advocate for going green. To make sure our representatives know we want legislation that protects our planet. That we want the Paris Agreement upheld. The coming year will also be trying for other, some known, some unknown, reasons. That's why we're going to need to draw strength from our heros. We should strive to live in a way that makes them, and ourselves, proud of who we are.
In 2017, I'm having my New Year's Resolutions influenced by the lessons learned in 2016.