Happy 2021! Year after year, many of us are happy to leave behind the previous year. With the pandemic, it feels like this sentiment is even stronger. So many “good riddance to 2020” memes around.
While there’s really no difference between crossing over to a new year and crossing over to any new day throughout the year, I do like that a new year gives us the motivation to start afresh. After all, things are only meaningful if we believe in it, and I believe in starting the new year on a good note.
For many years, I made it a point to blog on the first day of the year, and share a couple of resolutions for the year (which I may or may not achieve).
This year, I spent the New Year mostly offline, doing the things I love.
This year, I decide not to have any resolutions.
I was never a goal-setting type of person. In fact, I run away from goals. It doesn’t motivate me. In fact, I will dread the thing even more. That may sound hypocritical – given that I’ve set resolutions such as “Get TOPIK level 6 by end 2012” (yes I went to dig up my previous posts). But honestly, I see it as something I would wanna do but I don’t focus on it as a goal that I need to achieve, by hook or by crook. This is why I will never be able to perform in jobs that have quantitative performance indicators, cos I will probably end up underperforming compared to a similar job without the goals. During my school days, I have never set myself goals by grades, and am glad that my parents never though to do that. I perform the best when left alone.
My resolutions in recent years have been worded more loosely (vaguely). This year, I decide to do away with them. Especially when it comes to language learning. All along, language learning is something that I do because I like it, not because I want to achieve any particular goal. So instead of setting resolutions such as achieving
N1 by 2021 (LOL), I am just going to enjoy the language and take the exam when I feel like doing it.
Back to the new year. I spent the day doing all things Japanese. I finished watching Demon Slayer and spent a couple of hours reading a Demon Slayer light novel and started watching Bungo Stray Dogs. YAAAS. I am finally back in my anime (and Japanese) mood.
Those who know me would know that I had spent quite a long time away from the Japanese language and I struggled to get back to it again. I am very motivated by media and after Psycho Pass, I couldn’t find the next thing to anchor me back to the language. And I discovered Demon Slayer one night.
The next morning, I went to Kinokuniya in the morning (I reached before the opening hours so I queued to get in – dedication!) to get the light novels! This is how much I love Demon Slayer.
As much as I like reading manga, I find it too expensive to invest in the books so I tend to buy the novelisations of the manga/anime. Light novels are also easy to read and in the case of Demon Slayer, the books are supposedly at an upper-elementary – middle school level. They are shorter than full adult fiction and indeed easier to read.
Demon Slayer (and the books) deserve its separate post (and many posts), so I’m stopping here for now.
It’s been a long time since I sat down for a couple of hours to do my double-reading method. So yes, it’s a good start to the year.
May 2021 be filled with happiness, and loads of language learning 🙂
What do you think of new year resolutions?