It’s the first day of the New Year and incredibly we are already in the twelfth year of the twenty-first century. How did that happen? It feels like just six months or so have passed since we celebrated the millennium.
The idea of making resolutions around the New Year period would seem to be indelibly etched into our psyches. So much so that when I *gave up* making them about ten years I didn’t really give up making them at all. Instead what was my annual short list of five or so resolutions morphed into a set of long to do lists. I make separate lists for different categories, the categories include: personal, health, financial, travel, home etc. Everything that I would like to do, or that needs to be done over the coming year gets put on one of these lists. Thus the items on the lists range from the inanely simple, must be done things, such as changing a blown light bulb to the more fanciful, wish to do things, such as visiting far-flung cities and countries.
I am kind to myself when the time comes to review the lists. I give myself a pat on the back for what I have achieved and carry forward to the following year what I haven’t. Below are five things, picked at random from my lists, that I hope to do in 2012 and maybe even write about on the blog.
- Visit Antwerp: a city I have long wanted to see.
- Enroll in a creative writing class.
- Buy Photoshop and learn how to use it (I foresee some hair-tearing-out-days ahead as I try to come to grips with it).
- Make orange wine.
- Practise sketching (I have multiple blank notebooks and several sets of underused pencils)
Let’s see how I do!
I wish you dear readers whatever you wish for yourselves in 2012. Happy New Year.