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Blog: My New Year’s Resolution " believe in resolutions

Julia Lenton
Vail CO, Colorado

So, it’s New Year’s Eve. Tonight, we say farewell to 2007 and hello to 2008, hoping that next year will be “the” year where resolutions are kept, pounds are lost, healthy relationships are ignited…

And although I buy into New Year’s as a chance to start anew, part of me thinks that it’s all crap. Does buying a new diary and putting a different calendar on the wall really signify a blank slate? At 12.01 a.m. New Year’s Day, am I somewhat wiped of this year’s sins that I currently carry?

The truth is that New Year’s Eve is simply the by-product of the numerical system humans have implemented in order to keep time. We have implanted within it this semi-spiritual ability to be the exact moment in time where we make promises to ourselves, hoping that because we’re about to add an extra number to the year, this time we’ll keep them. That’s not to mention that most promises are of the “drink less, smoke less, eat less” variety, and at midnight on NYE you’ll probably have a champagne flute, cigarette and fatty snack in your hands.

Nevertheless, since celebrating the millenium at about 11 years old, I have been sucked into the mindset that the magic of NYE is a time where the resolutions I make might just be kept … this year. I’m not sure if I have ever kept a resolution because I normally lose the piece of paper I write them on. I have a sneaky suspicion that the top of last year’s was “find a nice boy” and I can say that, no, that sure as hell didn’t happen!

As the eternal optimist, there is a part of me that truly believes this year might be the year I keep my resolutions. I’ve decided that this is a symbolically significant year for various reasons – I’m starting off the new year in a different country living my own life, I turn 20 this year so I get to say goodbye to teenage angst. Last year was a crap year and made me grow up more than I wanted to, and I’m halfway through my studies so I’m on the home stretch.

I’m not going to reveal my exact resolutions to cyberspace (the smaller, less optimistic part of me thinks that public failure really sucks) but I will impart that they are of both traditional and more original descent. Of course, like everyone else, I’m going to get fitter and eat healthier, but my other goals include doing something nice for someone every day and trying to find a balance between living in the moment and making plans for the future.

On that note, of future plans, I have no idea where I am going to be in the world this time next year, but if I’m in a situation to let you know whether my promises came true, I promise that I will.


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