I’d like to preface this by saying: I love New Year’s Eve. It’s an excuse to throw parties, to get together with friends. All good, right?
Sure. But as soon as the clock strikes 12:00, there’s this expectation that everything will magically become different just because it’s a new year. People make resolutions that are way too specific and unrealistic to keep – “This year, I’ll go to the gym every day, quit smoking, find a boyfriend…” yeah, okay. Maybe you’ll try for about two weeks, after which your resolution floats to the back of your mind until next December, when you’re ready to do the exact same thing you’d promised to do last year.
Now, I’m also not saying that I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution. In fact, I do it every year, as naively as everyone else. This year, however, I wanted to do something different. I always find myself buried under a pile of post-it reminders and to-do lists – I’m always jumping from one project to the next, occupying every minute of every day with something. But this year, I wanted to have one goal for 2016 that was actually attainable. (Which also meant that I had no idea what that goal could be).
It wasn’t until Christmas that I found what I’d been looking for. My brother Martin works for Google, so, naturally, he got the whole family some standard Google apparel. (Shout out to him for gifting me this website, too). I received a simple T-shirt with the Google logo stamped proudly on the front, and on the back was their “work for us!” advertisement:
And I realized, this is it! This is my goal for 2016. To do cool things that matter. It’s generic enough to let me make what I want of it, yet focuses on one big idea. I can do anything I want, as long as it’s something that matters to me. Google has so perfectly phrased what I hope to have done by the end of the year, and really, the rest of my life.
Turns out that I don’t have to change the world or completely reinvent myself in 2016 – I just have to do what I love, do the things that matter to me, and everything else will fall into place. Like making this blog. I don’t particularly care if anyone reads it or not, but hey, if you are: thank you. And thank you, Google, for always being two [hundred] steps ahead of me.