Each year is worth remembering, of course, but for different reasons. I have always liked the pretentious but also festive feeling there is to making New Year´s resolutions, but have come to disagree with them more recently. Maybe because they are all smoke screens for many people. Try to quit smoking. Lose a pound. Get on with my training.
See, most of the resolutions people tell you – they might have different, more intimate ones – are about prestige, doing better, performing. Maybe 2012 shouldn´t be about performing. Maybe, in the face of life and in the face of all that could end it, we should focus on the stuff that makes all that other stuff, the performances, look shallow.
Yes, this is a chronicle to “what really matters”. I can´t help it. Guess I still have an inkling for the pretentious New Year´s stuff. But I guess my resolutions will be more about getting my life philosophy through my thick head, outside myself, through to my actions and transfer to other people.
I have both personal and not so personal resolutions for 2012, and for life, I guess:
To do everything like it was on purpose. Get on the bus every morning like that was exactly what you planned to, and do it with intention. Pretend you´re a child, pretending to be a grown up. See it from a different perspective. Say hello to people. Look at this! It´s more than feeling you can do something that has butterfly effects – it´s having the feeling that you can do things that make you feel proud of its consequences and put a little faith in yourself. You put stuff out there you wouldn´t mind coming back to you.
And something I have pondered over for quite some time – to push myself, give myself courage to do things I wouldn´t otherwise do and put things in perspective, and old cliché – live life like every day was your last. It sounds quite terrible and pessimistic at a quick glance, but it is actually the contrary. Or, as Mitch Albom puts it:
Do as the Buddhists do. Have a little bird on your shoulder that asks you:
“Is it going to happen today? Am I ready? Am I doing everything I should be doing? Am I the person I want to be?”
Finally, to end this moral lecture, I let Freddie finish 2011´s failures and accomplishments, wins and losses, griefs and sources of happiness.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.