10 Asian Drama Resolutions for 2017
1. Watch dramas that make me laugh out loud and smile!
The past couple of years, I’ve come to value funny and positive dramas that make me laugh. Dramas like Fuben na Benriya, Juhan Shuttai, and Gisou no Fufuu have all had a positive impact on me. Just remembering those dramas makes me feel warm inside!
2. Keep notes of the best scenes in a drama, especially the ones that make me laugh. When I need to cheer up, I can go back and rewatch a favorite scene that I KNOW will make me feel better!
I have done this for other non-drama videos. For instance, I have some favorite youtube videos that never fail to make me smile or laugh. When I need to boost my spirits, I go watch one of the videos. It always helps to put a smile on my face. So, I want to do the same thing for my favorite parts in dramas. 😀
3. Appreciate beauty in dramas and get inspired!
Sometimes I take it for granted that dramas often have a lot of beauty in them. I included this resolution to remind myself to appreciate the aesthetics in dramas and use it as inspiration. I don’t just mean attractive actors and actresses, mmk. 😛 I mean the fan art, stills, soundtracks, costumes, music videos, etc. I want to stop and savor beauty, whether it be art, architecture, or a beautiful story. It is encouraging to see how much beauty people are capable of creating!
On the other hand, I don’t want to get too influenced by the beauty standards that dramas promote. For instance, sometimes pictures are super photoshopped so that actresses have unrealistically thin figures and glowing super pale complexions. Beautiful actresses are often looked up to as “goddesses,” male actors as ideal men. So, take this resolution with a grain of salt. I want to focus on finding beauty in all people, not just celebrities.
4. Find and watch more dramas that have empowering, realistic female roles.
I often feel a disconnect with the female characters represented in dramas. Many times they are written unrealistically or even disrespectfully. As a female viewer, it is discouraging seeing how even dramas that are oriented towards a female audience can be sexist. I want to watch more dramas with female characters that I can relate to and look up to. The same goes for male characters!
5. Keep my expectations for upcoming dramas at bay.
I tend to hype up upcoming dramas that I’m really excited about. When they don’t turn out as good as I was expecting, it’s just disappointing. I can’t expect every drama to live up to my expectations.
6. Choose quality dramas, but don’t expect them to match up to my favorites.
When I was younger, I used to harp on and on about how I wanted quality dramas and not average ones. I used to put some of my favorite dramas on a pedestal, which resulted in me holding each new drama to an incredibly high standard. The inevitable result is dissatisfaction. I cannot keep on looking for a drama that will be like my other favorites. Every drama will be different and rightfully so. Guess what! I don’t want a drama exactly like Nirvana in Fire or Legend of Zhen Huan! I trust that there are other great dramas out there….they just not be “great” in the ways I expect them to be. Also, there’s nothing wrong with watching an “average” drama to relax. 😉
7. Don’t use dramas to procrastinate!!! Instead, use dramas as a reward for not procrastinating.
This has been one of my goals in previous years as well. T_T Clearly I’m still working on it. The point is, when I’m consciously procrastinating by watching a drama, it doesn’t feel good. Because I’m still thinking about what I gotta do after the drama ends, or I’m feeling guilty about procrastinating. I’d rather use dramas as a way to motivate myself to not procrastinate.
8. Accept that my writing does not have to be perfect–it never will be, anyways.
I want to be less of a perfectionist when it comes to writing blog posts. I usually revise my rough drafts several times and take a long time to finish each post. I don’t want to let perfectionism get in the way of enjoying blogging!
9. Don’t force myself to watch anything. Don’t feel obligated to commit to finishing a drama.
Sometimes I keep on watching in the hopes that the show will get better. But usually I just know when a drama and I are not in sync. So, I’d rather just drop it rather than forcing myself to get through it.
10. Be balanced.
Ultimately, I want to have a balance. I don’t want to watch too many dramas or prioritize them above other important things, nor do I want to have too high expectations. But I want to watch the ones that really matter…and I want to believe that 2017 has some unexpected drama surprises in store for me!
Happy New Year, everyone. 🙂 I’d like to leave you with a quote for this new year of 2017:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Let me know what your hopes are for this year’s drama watching! 😀
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