My 2020 New Year’s Resolution

2020 could be the start of something simple, yet beautiful.

Indrek Lasn
Dec 30, 2019 · 4 min read
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2020 is around the corner, what better time to place bets. Down with the ’10s, and up with the ’20s. Like with any new epoch, it brings new goals, ideas, and challenges. In 2019, I managed to successfully relocate from Switzerland to Estonia, start writing for Medium 3/4 full-time.

The most reliable way to achieve your goals is to simply write them down. Writing down your goals means that you can visually see and comprehend them. Another extra is publishing your goals to close friends or/and family. For some people, this is the way to achieve their goals. The idea behind this is that when they’re asked about the status of the goals, it motivates them to push forward. Also, if people know your goals, it’s easier to find common topics to discuss, explore and plan together.

Without further ado, here are my 2020 goals. I’ve written them down for everyone to see. I’ll revisit this article at the end of the year and measure my progress. Wish me luck!

Master Swift (+Swift UI)

There’s something about Swift that gravitates. I can’t put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s the elegance? Or it’s sheer usefulness? — you mean I can write applications for desktop, mobile, terminals, watches with one language?

I’ve been dabbling with Swift on and off for some time now and I feel 2020 is finally the year where I’m ready to commit myself. Ever since Swift UI was released, it was a game-changer for how we build iOS applications. Swift UI feels very similar to React.

Simple Swift UI Cat Preview

At the end of the year, I want to have achieved the following, failure is not an option in my book.

Volunteer in an animal shelter, once per month.

Starting in 2020, I will start volunteering once per month to help the local animal shelter. Why? Because I want to, but not that I need to. Without making myself sound like a saint, but I want to help, in any way I can. What better way to help than helping the neglected.

This will be a hard challenge since there are days where I don’t even want to get out of the bed, let alone socializing. Perhaps working with animals reveals the gentle side of life and takes the edge off.

Photo by Kyle Johnson on Unsplash

Volunteer highlights the fact that not everything needs to be about me — I can live with that. If you're reading this, I highly encourage you to step out of your busy life once a month and help those who need help.

Allowing myself to let go of the past

Name a greater dread than dwelling on the past and not letting go. I often have imaginary fights with myself about what I could have done differently in the past. You might say that’s a bit neurotic — I believe that to be the case.

In the end, we just have to let go and accept the fact that it’s done, there’s nothing we can do to change the past — unless we invent the time machine in our life spans — which is highly unlikely.

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So accept whatever has been done and move on with it, try to learn from past mistakes, grow as a person as a result and avoid making the same mistakes again.

Get more involved with education (edTech) and help to teach people to code

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom, said the man, called George Washington. Education is not only for academical credentials but rather learning to critically think about problems and how to solve them.

Photo by Oskars Sylwan on Unsplash

Without education, there would be no industrial revolution, no penicillin, no electricity — could you imagine a life like that? I know I couldn’t. All of those powerful inventions were made standing on the shoulders of giants, thanks to generations of generations passing on knowledge through an educational system.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. — Nelson Mandela


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any New Year’s resolutions yourself, don’t be shy about posting them below in the responses for the world to see. Remember, sharing is caring.

Indrek Lasn

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JS, Swift, C++ Indie Dev. Oh, and startups. Connect with me on Twitter @

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