happiness: goals and goats
At the start of the year I was feeling a bit aimless and rather depressed. I would normally set myself a few big goals that I wanted to achieve as the new year hits. You know, the usual… saving money, hitting a goal at work and other serious adulty things. But this year. This year I was not feeling it. Having finally come out of lockdown anything serious or intense just made me want to hide. I also felt, due to how hard the performing arts were hit during the past year, I would be setting myself up to fail if I made any big goals there. I couldn’t mentally take us having to take steps back again if another wave hit. So! What to do?
Cue YouTube binge.
When I emerged from the other side, square eyed and realising I hadn’t needed the last hour side track of goat videos (a goat video if you need). I had a plan.
Don’t set 3 goals, ooooh no!
But Charlotte you just said?!
Yeah, yeah. I know.
These goals are different. These goals are fun goals that I always wanted to do but just never quite found the time for. Like an escape room with friends or swimming in a lake. A huge plethora of exciting and fun things that made me look forward to the year ahead. It’s a bit like a bucket list, but everything is cheaper and takes little effort. Making this 50 goal list instantly lifted my mood. I was remembering things that I wanted to do as a kid but never did.
Now, a few months in, I am grateful for it. Every few weeks I check the list and make a plan with an old friend who I haven’t seen in a while or I take a walk in a new part of London. It is the small things that are making me happy, and I am really excited for the first time after a couple of months of depression. (It's not a magic fix but I certainly feel more connected to the world again and like I am on the mend). It has also had the handy side effect of me being more productive at work, as I feel happier and inspired. Two birds, one list.
So, for anyone struggling to get back up, or for… well anyone, I suggest this list.
And no, it doesn’t have to be as long as 50.
Have fun and let us know how you get on!