My thoughts at 2:00 am on the 2nd of January 2013:
“I just don’t get it. I did the countdown, I saw fireworks and I “copy, pasted” those bulk New Year’s messages to people, so why don’t I feel like it’s a New Year?”
“Oh shucks I forgot to make New Year’s Resolutions!”
*Writes at the top of the page*: Rutendo’s 2013 New Year’s Resolutions
1 – Exercise more
“Yeah, that’s a good one. This year will be the year I finally run the Two Oceans Marathon.”
2 – Eat healthier: No sweets, chips, chocolates or fizzy drinks
“I’m going to take less sugar in my… no wait NO sugar in my tea or coffee.”
3 – Learn Something New
“New hobby, new hobby… I’ll take up Spanish. Why? Because surely I’ll need it someday.”
4 – Reply to messages as soon as you’ve read them
“Yes, well I do have a problem with that one. Maybe if I had a personal assistant I could communicate my responses to her and she could send them.”
5 – Read at least three books a month
“Reading books will surely make me sound “well read” in conversations. I can imagine it now: ‘The part of the book that made the story was definitely the part when the Monk Sold his Ferrari.”
After the morning panic, I slept pretty well and woke up to a brand new 2nd of January 2013. Eager to find out what everyone else had planned to resolve (eish I don’t know if that’s the right word, but you know what I mean) this year I did some research and I was disappointed to find out that not only were my resolutions among the most common, they were also under “most likely resolutions to fail”.
Considering that I’ve had the same New Year’s resolutions for the past few years and barely get through the first two weeks of the year without caving, perhaps I was being a little too ambitious. So I sat down again and made my resolutions a little more probable.
Adapted from my original list, I present my New Year’s Resolutions:
1 – Watch sport on TV
“So the word sport is in there but it doesn’t require any physical activity on my part. Except the jumping up and down and yelling at the sports people who can’t hear me anyway.”
2 – Consume less junk food
“This one I will do, I will conquer JF. *Shakes head and sheds a tear*
3 – Stop taking on new hobbies when I haven’t completed others.
“I took French lessons in University so before I start Spanish, perhaps I should review how to “parle le français” properly.”
4 – Reply to messages… eventually
“I don’t know why but I find it so hard to hit the reply button after I’ve read a message.
5 – Read a few book reviews before social events
“That way I can talk about books I haven’t really read, without actually having to read it. I know it’s soooo wrong.”
So it looks like this year I’ll be keeping my resolutions. What have you decided to resolve this year?