I don’t much care for New Year Resolutions. It’s just an arbitrary date, and often resolutions are made after a booze-filled New Year’s Eve party; or it’s almost the reverse, one has waited until New Year’s Eve to start something that could well have been commenced weeks or months before.
Still, this coming year for me is certainly a time to be looking forward, and a break with the immediate past. 2010, was, in many ways, my ‘annis horriblis’ and I have no wish to repeat it in 2011.
One thing I am going to concentrate on is trying to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Although my work has largely been sedentary, and although I’m not a couch potato with remote in hand, I do tend to spend too much time in front of the computer, sitting on my butt.
One thing I am going to do, is dig up this back yard, and start growing something to eat in it. I’m intending to post some photographs here at The Eye, as I go along, so you can see what progress I’m making.
The first week has certainly gone quickly.
When I first got back, I wasn’t at all sure if it was what I should have done. Then again the jet lag drags one down, and everything was strangely familiar, yet strange too. I felt like an alien in my country.
I rediscovered foods that I’d dreamt about when Stateside, and some that I’d forgotten about too.
After a week, I’m beginning to overcome some of the stumbling blocks. Like the US, the UK has gone ID mad. Proving who you are, is sometimes proving difficult, when you’ve been ‘off the radar’ here for almost seven years. Again it’s like you’re an alien in your own country.
Still these things will work out, and it will all settle down. Officialdom hasn’t caught up with worldwide travel and movements though. Each country is still insulated, in that your life in a previous country doesn’t exist.
If you did celebrate, I hope you’re not too hung over.
If you had a good year in 2008, may 2009 be even better, and if 2008 was a year you’d rather forget, well forget it! It’s 2009 now.
I know it’s only an arbitary date, but it’s still a good time to look forward, and set a few new goals for a new year.
You’ll feel better than you made that lesser goal, and it’ll give you a starting place, and even more inspiration for 2010. Don’t undersell yourself of course, and whatever you do, when you reach that goal, if you can carry on past it, then be sure you do!