A Summer Resolution:

Summer break either has begun or is beginning for many people, specifically students.  Many will take the time to relax, vacation, and take a break from their work.  Families too will also take the time to do some of the same.  While I intend to do some relaxation (I am still a student myself after all), I plan on doing something a little different.  You’ve heard of New Year’s Resolutions, I’m making a Summer Resolution.

I plan on not letting this summer go to waste.  I’m going to make this summer productive and do something with it.  This summer, along with my job and summer courses, I’m going to take time to learn on my own.  Here are my summer resolutions:

  1. After going through my first Java coding lesson this past summer, I resolve to learn more about Java and be more than prepared for my next Java course in the fall.
  2. I have several books that I have bought and plan to read this summer.  These books cover several topics including history, science, theology, philosophy, and language (and a few novels).  I resolve to read at least 3, if not more, by the beginning of the Fall Semester in August/September.
  3. I currently enjoy learning languages and about languages.  I particularly like East Asian languages like Japanese.  While I have been taking Japanese courses for the past year, I will be unable to continue due to other classes next semester.  I resolve, presuming I find the time between my summer work and my other resolutions, to continue my Japanese studies.

I’m sharing this for two reasons.  First, I want to be held accountable.  I’m posting this publicly so people can know what I am doing and help me follow these resolutions.  Being held accountable and having the support of others has a tremendous impact on keeping and performing resolutions.  The second reason, however, is for you.  I want to encourage everyone to do the same.

No, you don’t have to learn Java or Japanese; those are my goals.  But I encourage you to pick something, at least one thing, and do it during the summer.  If it means studying another language or learning code, then do it.  If it means getting healthier by exercise or diet, do it.  If it means studying a topic you’ve struggled with or never explored, then study it and find experts on it.  Pick something you want to learn and then do it.

If you want to join me and do the same, great, but don’t let that be all you do.  Share what you’re doing with your friends and family, blog about it and how you’re doing, or post on your social networks.  Do something to where people can know what you’re doing and not only hold you accountable for your resolutions, but also to encourage other people to do the same.

Do you like this idea?  Are you going to do the same?  Share this with your friends, or better yet, share what you’re going to do with your friends.  Comment below what you’re going to do if you are going to do the same.  Thanks!

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