As we enter the new year, it is a given that we will all become surrounded by others enquiring what our new years resolutions will be. We will be bombarded with the usual, “Oh, I’m cutting down on how much chocolate I eat” and “I’m going to start exercising regularly”. If we’re lucky, we might get a slightly more obscure resolution like picking up a new bizarre hobby in the hope to become more interesting. But I can’t help wondering how much better a place to live this world would be if everyone chose a new years resolution that wasn’t for their own benefit.
Everywhere I look, there are complaints about how awful 2016 was as a year. Looking back, it feels like the negatives massively outweighed the positives. Just a few of the awful things that came out of 2016 include:
- The Syrian crisis
- Multiple terrorism attacks across the world
- The refugee crisis
Obviously, the list is much, much longer than this, but the point of this post isn’t to remind everyone of what sad things happened, it’s to recognise that lots of sad things did happen, and we need to achknowledge that. Following these complaints, are pleas that 2017 will be a better year for all, and that it won’t fall quite like 2016 did. No one wants 2017 to decline the way 2016 did, and, I’d like to think that everyone wants the new year to be better for the world and not just themselves.
So, this leads me to the question: why don’t we all make a new years resolution that would help the world, and not just ourselves. It’s easy to say that you’re going to start treating your body better but it’s even better to say you’re going to start treating OTHERS better.
2016 made me realise that if everyone did one small thing to help, the world could become a better place for us all. The point of this blog is to inspire others to lend a helping hand to the world outside our own personal bubbles.
I am making the conscious decision to put my words into action this year. I’m sick of merely tweeting about my condolences when devastating news hits the world. I want to get involved in helping. I want to join the marches to support the innocent people of Aleppo that are constantly being bombarded with bombs on their homes. I want to raise money for charities that send aid to refugee centres. I want to show support to those affected by countless terrorism attacks on a larger platform than my twitter account. And I want more people to make these choices with me. If this blog results in only one other person making the conscious decision to put words into actions, then I will have achieved my new years resolution.
Making a change to the world doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. But if everyone made the choice to help in one small way, 2017 will be a great year for us all.