Making Attainable New Year’s Resolutions
Edited by Mikkel Hyldebrandt
As the new year approaches, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the future. It’s the perfect time to set goals and make resolutions – a fresh start can be incredibly motivating. However, it’s essential to make resolutions that are attainable and realistic, ensuring that we set ourselves up for success rather than disappointment. In this article, we’ll explore some relatable and achievable New Year’s resolutions specifically tailored to the LGBTQ community.
As members of the LGBTQ community, we may face unique challenges and discrimination. It’s crucial to prioritize self-care and prioritize our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Whether it’s practicing mindfulness, seeking therapy, or engaging in activities that bring you joy, make a resolution to invest in self-care and make it a regular part of your life.
Build and Maintain Supportive Relationships
Surrounding ourselves with accepting and supportive friends and allies is invaluable. Make a resolution to nurture and strengthen these relationships in the coming year. Connect with LGBTQ support groups, attend community events, or join online forums to build a network of support that can help navigate the ups and downs of life.
Knowledge is power and taking the time to educate ourselves about LGBTQ history, issues, and rights can be both empowering and enlightening. Resolve to read books, watch documentaries, or attend workshops that enhance your understanding of the LGBTQ community. By staying informed, you can become an advocate and ally for the rights and equality of all LGBTQ individuals.
Celebrate LGBTQ Culture
Embrace your identity and explore the vibrant LGBTQ culture that exists around you. Make a resolution to attend pride events, visit LGBTQ landmarks, or support local LGBTQ artists and performers. By immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of LGBTQ art, music, and culture, you can feel a deep sense of pride and connection to your community.
Engage in Activism
Activism comes in various forms and doesn’t always have to involve large-scale protests or rallies. Make a resolution to engage in activism in a way that feels comfortable and meaningful to you. This could include signing petitions, volunteering for LGBTQ organizations, or using your social media platform to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and rights.
Support LGBTQ-Owned Businesses
One way to contribute to the LGBTQ community is by supporting LGBTQ-owned businesses. Whether it’s shopping at queer-owned boutiques, dining at LGBTQ-friendly restaurants, or hiring LGBTQ service providers, resolving to support these businesses can make a significant impact on the community’s economic growth and success.
Expand Your LGBTQ Network
While it’s essential to nurture existing relationships, don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and expand your LGBTQ network. Make a resolution to attend LGBTQ networking events, join LGBTQ sports or recreational groups, or engage with LGBTQ professionals in your field of interest. Building new connections can lead to new opportunities, friendships, and personal growth.
Be an LGBTQ Advocate
Use your voice to raise awareness and advocate for LGBTQ rights. Make a resolution to engage in conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices, both within and outside the LGBTQ community. By being an advocate and promoting understanding, we can help create a more inclusive and accepting society.
Explore Identity and Expression
The new year is an excellent time for self-reflection and exploration. Make a resolution to explore your own identity and express yourself authentically, however it feels true to you. This could involve experimenting with different fashion styles, discovering new hobbies, or even attending workshops on gender expression. Embracing your true self is a powerful act of self-love and acceptance.
Finally, it’s crucial to acknowledge and celebrate the progress that has been made towards LGBTQ equality. Recognize the milestones achieved by individuals and organizations within the LGBTQ community and honor those who have fought for LGBTQ rights throughout history. By celebrating progress, we can find inspiration and motivation to continue pushing for a more inclusive world.
As we embark on a new year, let’s make resolutions that are empowering, inclusive, and reflective of our unique experiences as LGBTQ individuals. By setting attainable goals and fostering a supportive and accepting environment, we can make 2022 a year of growth, empowerment, and positive change for the LGBTQ community and beyond.