To say the least, 2017 has been a complete rollercoaster from start to end. As the year comes to its final days, I reflect upon the highs, the lows, and everything in between. I probably accomplished a solid two resolutions that I set at the beginning of the year, which is something I call progress; but then again, does anybody actually accomplish the goals they set for themselves when they ring in the new year (if you do, congratulations, I also want to talk to you)?

I think the main issue with following through with new year resolutions is that we set too many goals for ourselves–or at least I do. In the end, I just seem to set myself up for failure. However, for the upcoming year, I am setting just two long term goals for myself: try new things and don’t fear failure. These goals go hand in hand because I always aim to try new things, but my fear of failure always holds me back.

This year, one of the best things to ever happen to me was acquiring a group of best friends I never thought I would ever obtain. Because of the way we all uplift each other and the persistent go-get-em attitudes we possess, I have decided to do something I never imagined myself doing: starting a band. This is my way of implementing and following through with my goals for the upcoming year, because we all love music and all fell in love with the idea of creating a girl band, despite most of us having little to no musical experience. Normally, I would immediately back out, thinking about how terribly this would go; but instead, nothing truly makes me happier when my friends and I bounce ideas back and forth about our band. It is as if the lack of experience makes me want this more and more.

My word of advice is this: don’t let the fear of potential failure hold you back from anything. The way I see it, failure teaches the most valuable lessons and creates the most memorable experiences. So, if you are wanting to do something, just do it. I cannot remember the last time I picked up my guitar, but that is not going to stop me from aiming for the stars and having the best time making music and jamming with my best friends by my side through this exciting adventure. In the long run, you will be upset and will most likely regret not doing the things you aspire to do. Time’s a ticking, so what are you going to do?