What I want the most in 2018 is change. There’s a part of me that wants to help change the world, and another that just wants to change the way I see it. I come from Norwich, an often overlook and occasionally reviled part of England, and that comes from its seclusion. Comparatively to the rest of the country, it is remote, with only miles of fields and farms surrounding it, and the people like it that way, they don’t like change or adventure. It’s pretty much the Shire.
Despite being secluded, it’s not a bad place to live. There’s a lot of beauty here too, in addition to its history and culture, and honestly, I love it, but I have no intention of spending the rest of my life here, like my family have for generations. There’s too much to see and experience, and here, now, it’s like the city is active in stopping me from that. It’s safe and quiet, but in 2018, I want the chance to escape that, and make it stick this time, to create my own story.
Of course, that’s more of a self-development urge than anything else. There’s a part of me that just wants to do and see everything, and part of that is because of how the state of the world can appear. What we have suffered from a lot this past year, in fact even back in 2016, is a distrust and distaste in our international governments (Can you guess which reality TV star turned world leader I’m talking about?) It’s not just that we have to put up with the fact that now every jaded celebrity on twitter thinks they are either a free-thinking critic or political candidate. I hope that in 2018 is not just that we can oust the greedy and predatory from political office, but the people can learn to trust their government again, because it will be full of people who want to change the world for the better. Once the trust is back, people might start to believe that their votes and actions can make a difference to the world ahead.
My third and final wish for this year isn’t quite so broad, but it’s deeply personal. Last year I decided to find a career that I actually wanted more than anything, rather than just to earn enough to live, and writing is what I have always wanted to do, more than anything in this world. I am lucky enough to be in a position where I can try to make this work, but I am putting more effort into this than in anything I have before, and I always considered myself a hard worker, even in the jobs I didn’t like. My father isn’t so happy about the decision; he would prefer me to work a job I hated for the next fifty years until I retire and settle down with a family I don’t particularly want- but that isn’t me. There’s a part of me that’s doing this to prove him wrong, but there’s also another part of me that wants to prove to everyone else that it can be done. In this economic climate, following your dreams and surviving can be considered impossible, but I’m determined to prove that it can be done. So in conclusion, what I want most this year is to find myself a path I am happy and proud to follow, and to let people know that is possible for them too, if you put in enough work.
Chris Wyer is a freelance writer currently based in Norwich, UK, with a love for films, video games, music, travel and dragons. Sometimes all at once. You can see more of his writing at unboundchris.com