Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Resolutions for Twenty-Ten

My partner and I were sitting in a restaurant in Rome on December 31 with 2 of his friends, and he made everyone go around to talk about his or her resolutions for the upcoming year. When my turn came, I admitted that I hadn’t really thought about my resolutions for the year. I told him later that I lived most of my life meeting deadlines and goals (usually met…a few by seeking extensions, like when I was half-way through my dissertation writing when my dissertation clock’s alarm was about to go off), and I didn’t want to live with deadlines or goals anymore.

Now, I realize, it makes me sound like a total slacker. However, what new resolutions would I actually need to list that I haven’t listed in New Year’s Eves past? I think I could boil all those resolutions into these few, simple bullet points:
  • Be a good person.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  • Exercise and eat right, but save room for the occasional scoop of ice cream or slice of cheesecake.
  • Love big.
  • Clear the clutter.
  • Save some money.
  • Be happy with what you have.
  • Be happy with who you are.
  • Be thankful.
  • Be kind to others.
I guess this would be my list for this year, except that these are things I try to do everyday. I guess I don’t think of them as resolutions. I think of them as my life’s guiding principles, most of which I fail to uphold most of the time. (Then again, I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so maybe I’m doing better than I think I am.) But try, I do, and continue to try, I will. As the years go by, as I keep chipping away at this list, I’ll become a more perfect, imperfect moi.

Have a great 2010, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait a minute! You were just two hours from me and I didn't know it? Okay, next time you're in the boot I wanna know and I'm comin' to find ya! So there! :-D Nyah nyah nyah!!!