Since today is the last day of Twenty-Ten, it seems only fitting to blog about my goals and aspirations for Twenty-Eleven. Personally I don’t see New Year’s as a time to reflect on the past – but as a time to look forward to the future. So what exactly are my resolutions for the New Year? Well, to be honest, I make about 15 resolutions every year – mainly in my head – as such they tend to get pushed out of the way to make room for more prominent and important thoughts. This year, I am blogging it – for every one to see, for me to look back on, for me to remember. So what’s the first step in making a resolution? Well how about to find out EXACTLY what a new year’s resolution is: according to Wikipedia…
“A New Year’s resolution is a commitment to a personal goal that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day. “
Basically, I have to work hard for the next three hundred and sixty five days to change my life, to achieve some kind of goal – if that task doesn’t seem daunting, then I don’t know what does! Maybe the point is to choose something that is realistic, not easily attained – but still possible. I would never make it a goal to become a millionaire or invent the latest gadget or to travel around the world in one year because those don’t seem to be realistic goals – at all! Instead I am going to choose three things, three attainable, difficult goals or tasks and I am going to have to work at them every day – perhaps even for the rest of my life.
1) To learn how to speak and understand Italian – maybe not fluently but enough to hold a conversation. I’ve always wanted to learn, so why not this year?
2) To write something every day – even if I don’t blog about it I still have to write something. If I’m not writing how can I possibly call myself a writer?
3) To spend more time with my brother, to try to understand him instead of fighting with him, to become his friend. We’ve fought enough in the last 14 years, I think it’s time to get over the whole “he-took-my-spot-as-the-cutest-youngest-child-and-now-I’m-stuck-being-the-middle-child” thing.
Now some of you may be thinking that these three resolutions are easy, selfish, and not really life changing. How will these three things make me a better person? Simple:
1) Allows me to learn a new language, and perhaps understand a little bit more about my background. Every one can benefit from learning about a different culture. Besides, it is something I have always wanted to do. This year Italian, next year maybe Portuguese or Spanish or Mandarin – this world is full of knowledge – why not put it to good use?
2) Allows me to reach my FULL potential, as we all should be striving to do. If I’m doing something I love and that makes me happy, then I can project that onto every one around me. Doesn’t sound all that selfish now, does it?
3) Family is the most important thing in the world, this resolution will not only make my parents happy but it will make me and my brother happy. I know that sometimes he must feel like I don’t love him and that I’m a bitch and when my sister moves out, it’ll just be us two. I want him to feel as though he can come to me with any problem, question, or favour. I love him, and he deserves a better relationship with his older sister.
So there it is, my New Year’s Resolution, it’s going to be tough but if I can actually do all of these things then maybe – just maybe I’ll be a better person by the time 2012 rolls around.
P.s I just want to wish all of you a safe and happy New Year’s! See you next year 😉