2016 was a year of highs and lows, but quite a few more lows than many of us expected. But a New Year has begun and that means a new beginning. This is an opportunity to start fresh on the goals, hopes and ambitions that we need to move on from the sometimes torturous 12 months we just lived through.
The staff at Highsnobiety would like to share this new beginning with you, so we’ve put together a list of our New Year’s resolutions for 2017. Whether it’s about fitness, budgeting, or just generally going more HAM than last year, we hope you agree that there’s a lot of great things coming for us all in 2017. Let’s do this.
I don’t want to be overly cynical or disrupt the holiday spirit too much, but I’ve always found the standard all-or-nothing New Year’s resolution approach to be unrealistic. The whole “next year” narrative sets most up people up to fail (and gyms bank on you buying a membership and never showing up). Every single day is an opportunity to make something happen in your life. Focus on short-term progress towards your long-term goals and start today.
I’m a heavy tech user and plan my life around reminders and Facebook events. The rhythm of my days is smartphone-laptop-smartphone-laptop and so on. But I’d like to pace myself more in 2017. Really soak up new experiences. Not rush through friendships. Really slow things down. You know, smell the roses. OK — I’m exaggerating a little. But for real, this year I resolve to read more printed words, spend an extra 20 seconds viewing sunsets IRL and watch 2.5x more films at cinemas in Kreuzberg.
Write about politics more. If that’s not the bulk of my output then I’m just wasting time.
My New Year’s resolution this year is to pay off my student loan. It was also my New Year’s resolution last year and I paid off 80 percent of it, but I’ve got the leftover 20 percent to deal with in 2017 so I’m carrying this one over. It’s a boring one, but hey, I love my hot bod and perfect personality so the only thing left to fix is my finances.
Fashion is officially the second dirtiest industry on the planet, after oil (not much of a consolation prize is it?). Donald Trump and his oil tycoon mates might be doing their best to melt the ice caps ASAP, but I’ll be doing my bit for mother nature by not buying any new clothes. I’m lucky enough to get hooked up by brands from time to time, but next year I’ll be doing most of my shopping on Grailed, Facebook and Berlin’s sickest sportswear-90s-healthgoth-ravewear dungeon, Calypt.
It’s not a resolution in the traditional sense, but this year I want to debunk the smear campaign against having hope. Too many people confuse hope with ignorance and wishful thinking, but in tough times having hope doesn’t mean a refusal of real-world possibilities and living in la-la land, it means not giving up entirely or allowing failure/death/insert-negative-outcome-here to win. Once hope is gone, the only option is to fail, so it’s incredibly important to hold on to hope, even if it’s the faintest glimmer. I’ll be damned if I let the cynics bring me down with their bad attitude this year.
My New Year’s Resolution is to venture more out of my comfort zone. I’ve become a creature of habit in 2016, and thus, I want to expand my horizons more. Whether that means a change of scenery based on the multitude of locales and opportunities that Highsnobiety affords me, or something that challenges the mind and body like picking up a martial art, I want to hopefully surprise myself a lot in 2017 with what I’m capable of.
But if you ever hear anything about me giving up pizza or beer, shoot me.
My new year’s resolution is to make the full commitment in time and energy needed to grow a mustache. For many years it has been my dream to have a full Tom Selleck but due to my lack of facial hair I look more like a 16 year old who could steal your phone. This year however I am going invest in lotions and potions and things from the internet that promote facial hair growth.
At times it may be a struggle and I know there will be a few dodgy weeks but I am sure if I persevere and have the full support of my friends I will get there – 2017 The Year Of Tom’s Tache.
My New Year resolution will cover only one thing. To make someone’s life better.
I don’t know how it’s going to happen, or to whom, as long as I will look back on 2017 and know that there’s at least one more happy human in this World.
For another Highsnobiety staff list, check out what was on our minds during Thanksgiving.
- Main image: Jon Carlo Tapia