It was interesting to see quite a few things I promised myself (guess I'm not very original) and I was surprised that I've found a way to keep many of the promises I made. I just never realized it until I saw this article. But here's the thing, this article is such a downer. The promises you've broken? What about promises you've kept?
When I moved to China, I got a lot of "you're so brave," "I wish I could do that," or "you're my hero." I know it was well meaning, but it was also meaningless because I'm not doing anything special. My promise to travel is no different from anyone else's. I'm not so brave, you can do this and I am definitely not, nor should I be, anyone's hero.
I just got on a plane. I promised myself that I would travel and I got a plane ticket and off I went.
When I was in college in Colorado, I was always rock climbing and skiing. Whenever I hesitated on a ski run or a climbing route, my friends would say, among other things, "come on! commit!" A few years and many, many miles later, I have taken that mentality all over the world. And while I have sometimes forgotten it, it always comes back to me. Screw that Buzzfeed article and commit to fulfilling promises, not licking your wounds over what you haven't done yet. Commit to travelling or being healthy or being more courteous. Commit to your one life.