Moving is exciting and exhausting. I try hard to stay graceful and equanimous, though I get discouraged by the fact that we have to do without internet and physical mail. I want to get my shit organised but the circumstances make it really difficult. On the other hand, being disconnected from the outside world sure has it’s pros and cons. This years’ Christmas family reunions were nice and crowded, so now we can happily redraw and rest again. We can take time to reflect.
It is good to revisit your core motivations to find if you let them lead you.
Here comes one cliché December topic: resolutions. Do you have ’em? I do see benefits of reviewing the course of your life and whether you’re really doing what you want to be doing. And of revisiting your core motivations to find if you let them lead you. For me this is a good exercise and now is really the right time for it. It also helps to think in time periods or phases and cycles. For me, the last years thinking in calendar years has made a lot of sense, since major changes has happened in winter time.
Most of all, I want to be good to the world. I hardly lose this aim out of sight, however, it is not concrete, which makes it hard to accomplish. How do we make it manageable? There are many ways and there is no right or wrong. There is hardly good or bad…
My course was one of being interested in nature and following from that in the environment that allows nature to be. Everyone benefits from a healthy environment, so that became my focus. But now, even though I am 100% behind what I’m doing in university, which is my main occupation, I find it hard to stay motivated when there is so much going on outside this institution and the scope of my little research. As a result, my focus is pretty scattered which mostly leads to me feeling as if I’m all over the place but really I’m just hardly there.
So it could help to realise what matters to you, what motivates you, and based on that to choose several focus points to work with. Focus points can be aims or themes, but at least it should give you some sort of direction. The next step is to think of concrete activities for each focus point, which lead to making progress in the way you want. It is important to check back to see if the activities are in line with your (core) motivations.
This is actually the same as what I already wrote about and quoted earlier: about an article named ‘The Easy Way to start Exercising’, which is about linking exercising or whatever to your primary values. I’ll quote again: ‘It became fulfilling to him because he could see it would help him in his primary values. That’s the key to easy exercise and to life – link it to what you already love and it will become something you love.’ That is so nice! We just have to remember why we do what we do, and if we are convinced of the reason and the activity, we feel fulfilled.
Now, I actually tried to make a tree of focus points and activities for myself, according to the ‘exercise’ I suggested. I already found that taking it too seriously will not work, for there will always be some disorder in the overview; in the form of overlap and inconsistencies. Let it gooo, and just enjoy what is there.
This is what I found for my focus point of promoting veganism:
- join more vegan activities/initiatives/etc. and motivate others to do so too
- contribute to organising such activities/initiatives/etc.
- choose a specific organisation or initiative to actively support
- experiment more with different dishes/specific products
- get more familiar with aquafaba
- write about veganism on blog and/or other platforms
- read more veganism related blogs and websites
Promoting veganism is already quite concrete. I also had the focus points learn more about [certain topics], learn to self-care and prepare career. They are quite doable, not to at once make a full roadmap to a certain end goal, but some actions can be thought of. However, some other important topics are missing and I’m not sure what to do with that. I’ll make some notes at the bottom, as reminders to consider them again later in the upcoming year.
What do you think? I realise that some people are firmly against making resolutions for calendar years, so they may get annoyed by posts like this. I suggest that if you do not like to think in terms of resolutions or goals, you can still try to recognise your core motivations. What drives you? I’d say this is a good exercise for everyone, as it will contribute to leading a fulfilling life.
I’d love to hear from you.
Happy New Year everyone! 🙂