Friday, 5 January 2018

2018: What I'll Care About This Year

Is this another post on new year resolutions? Well yes and no. I woke up on 1st January just like every other day of my life without even giving them a thought - I'm not into the debate as to whether they're useful or not - but then, a couple of things popped in my mind a few days ago. 

For some people kicking off a new year is synonymous of a fresh start. As far as I'm concerned, it's an occasion to reflect on what happened over the past year, and ponder upon what I'll do to live my life to the fullest after I've dragged my champagned self into 2018. Whether I have or haven't experienced the best 365 days of my life, I strive to gather some positive energy and point out what I've particularly enjoyed doing and also what I couldn't do. 

I always try to be honest with myself and focus on how I've been feeling. When it comes to 2017, half of it for sure marked the beginning of an incredible adventure since I moved to Rome to live la dolce vita, and to be honest I've never felt so alive. Work wise, I started an internship in public affairs, a field I thought I could never experience as my diploma doesn't exactly match the title (incredible how we limit our proper selves sometimes), and I think I may have found what I want to do for the next years to come. With that being said, I'd like to bear in mind two things in particular for 2018:


It is true that I've been hindered by my bank account this year, as I've had to live on my savings for a few months (otherwise I would have spent the whole summer getting a tan in Sardinia and exploring the Amalfi coast). Although I love discovering Rome, I feel like the next year should be focused on discovering Italy a bit more. So far, I've already visited Florence and Naples, and I just crave for going on trips around the country. See Venice and its gondolas, shop in Milan, kiss in Verona and eat in Bologna - there is so much incredible clichés to accomplish, people to meet and things to eat (most important point you got it). Travelling just needs a bit of organisation and free weekends and I should be good to go.


This one is a little bit tricker to expand on. Across the years I've been wondering about what shapes my personality, what adjectives define it, what enhances my confidence and self-esteem, etc. In short, rather intimate and difficult questions to put words on. At the end of the day, I've found out that I tend not to care about having an opinion on a bunch of things, whereas I should get involved in a stronger way. Not having this kind of apprehension that prevents me from posting on social media about an article I find appalling (@bonjourwhite), although I'll never feel like disclosing too many political opinions or something related. I've noticed that we are sometimes unconsciously influenced by the way we think other people will  perceive us if we expose a particular point of view or make a certain move, while we-should-not-care. In a word, let's do what we want without being afraid of back-handed judgement. (I'm also thinking I may start to include more personal content in my next posts, keep your eyes peeled for that.)

I also came to the conclusion that most of the time, I just need to create opportunities for myself instead of waiting for something that may never happen otherwise. I don't want to sound bossy, but I think you should do just the same.


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