One of the things I have learnt not to say this year is "I would never, ever...".
There are many things that limit the richness of our lives, but the inability to stay open to new experiences is, to me, the most dangerous. Because of our adamant ideas of who we are and what we are expected to be and how we behave, very often we let opportunities and unique experiences pass us by.
Don't get me wrong, there are things we should say "never" to. These things includes drugs, and other self-destructive behaviour. What I want to talk about are the little boxes that no one but ourselves put us into.
Just because you like punk-rock doesn't mean you can't enjoy Mozart.
Just because you love the whimsical tales of Neil Gaiman doesn't mean that you can't pick up a book about Capitalism to educate yourself.
Just because you are usually an asshole doesn't mean that you can't stop and start being a little nicer to the world.
Sure, the people around you might not be accustomed to your new behaviour. they might even threaten to withhold their company until you revert to the version of yourself that they are comfortable with. But really, what's it to you?
Don't let expectations hold you back. No, you are not the lazy one. No, you are not the girl who can never complete a project. No, you are not a loser. No, you are not anti-social. Yes, you can change. Yes, you can learn to love new things. Yes, you can be sincere about forgiveness.
You are the only person who would be by your side every step of the way for the next fifty to seventy years, the only responsibility you really have is to yourself. To become a better person, to be an improved version of yourself each day. That is all that matters.