2018 has been a great year for me. I graduated from Coventry University, I went to my first music festival in the Isle of Wight, I got a job! (did I say I got a job already yet?) but pushing that all to one side, what is 2019 going to bring? I mean, I could get all political and be angry at the fact that Donald Trump is still in the presidential chair and that Theresa May is getting away with absolute nonsense. However, that’s just not me. 2018 is going to be difficult to beat in terms of my personal life. So, in an aim to smash 2019, I wanted to write down some goals and aims, not to be confused with resolutions, let’s be honest, no one manages to complete those.
What do I want to achieve in the year 2019?
I’ve been writing on this blog for a while now, but the problem is, I don’t think I write enough. To be precise, I’ve successfully written 70 posts overall. SEVENTY. Now, what was I doing with the other 300 odd days in the year? Yes, I was busy with university at the beginning of the year and recently, with the start of my full-time job, but this is a passion of mine which I wish to keep up. I enjoy watching films and writing in-depth about them, what’s stopping me?
In some respects, I do have this unknown voice in my head constantly worrying about what other people will think all the time. Why do I listen to it? I don’t know. Hopefully, this year I will be writing, not only more here, but also on What the Flick, in an effort to become even more of a film buff.
Restart making videos…
Some of you may not know that I used to make videos and upload them to YouTube, under the name checkouted. I haven’t uploaded a video on there now for over a year. 2018 was busy for me and making my own videos had to take a backseat. I loved making videos and I will definitely look back at those and think “what the hell was I thinking?!” but you can’t change the past, so just laugh at it.
You have a job now, how are you going to make videos on top of that? Right now, I don’t have a plan. I have however been talking to friends about collaborating together to make a channel. The worst thing about making videos before was the fact I was doing everything by myself. Filming, editing, scripting, the lot. I understand other YouTubers may be able to do it alone but in terms of making it enjoyable, getting a group of friends together doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Considering we have all left university with degrees in media in our back pockets, may as well put them to good use, right?
Concentrate more on fitness.
Ever since I came back from my year abroad from Spain, I have been going to the gym, 4-5 times a week roughly. My regime is poor. I’m not unfit. My fitness has improved since going, I’ve been a lot happier and more proactive. I guess you could say that I am looking for more visual improvements, but then on top of that, I would like to be able to run faster and longer, possibly even take up running more seriously. Sign up for a marathon, actually, maybe half marathon, don’t want to get too ahead of myself right away. In essence, fitness is important to me, considering my job consists of sitting at a computer for 7 hours straight.
Learn how to play the guitar.
Would you believe me if I said I bought a guitar in October but haven’t touched it since? Well, you better believe me because it’s still gathering dust. Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to learn guitar, but the teachers always found me difficult to teach considering I was left-handed and the rest of the class were right-handed.
If I can’t play George Ezra – Hold My Girl by the end of the year, I have failed.
Visit University friends around the country.
Since leaving university, I have only been on 2 known outings to see my friends, once into London for a night-out, the second time being graduation day. Pretty poor going to be honest.
I have friends now up and down the country, from people living in right down south in Bournemouth to the north of Wales in Mold. Some of the places may not be the prettiest, but I’m not there to see the city, I want to visit them and hang out like we used to do at university. Going from hanging out every day at uni to barely being in contact with them via social media is super weird. So, it is in my intentions in the New Year to visit as many friends as I can, and yes, I do have friends.
Keep a better track of the year.
I don’t know about you, but I can barely remember some of the things that happened in between all of the memorable parts of the year. It’s like they didn’t even happen.
The only way would be to possibly write more on here, maybe keep a diary for the more private moments, the ones I’m not willing to share. Maybe use Twitter or Instagram more to highlight different moments. There are a few ways I could go around it but it’s definitely something I need to do. By the end of next year, I want to be able to write a similar post to this and remember every moment.
What I’ve realised in writing all of this, is that I need to stop caring about what other people think. I need to say to myself “FUCK IT” and do what I want to do with my life. Anyways, if you’ve read this and at the end of the year, I haven’t somehow completed any of these, give me some written abuse via Twitter, that helps.