The author shares her hopes for 2009.
I make one every year. The dawning of a new Year is always a time for hope, I find. After filling myself with everything possibly imaginable, I get on the scales with a groan. Too many nuts, crisps, chocolates, in fact too much of all the things that make you happy, but are so bad for you. Christmas is all about eat, drink, and be merry, but come the New Year, there’s a price to be paid.
So I resolve to lose weight, and join a slimming club, as when I go on holiday, I want to fit into my swim suit. I go for my weekly weigh-ins, and get carried away by the sheer exhilaration of fulfilling my New Year resolution to lose weight. Eventually I will go down a dress size, and then I will feel really proud of myself. All I can hope for is that my triumph is not short lived, and the weight will stay off. Well there is a chance that it will, at least until next Chistmas.
Another resolution I make is to try and be more tolerant to people I’m not keen on. There aren’t many of them, but certain people seem to bring out the worst in me, either by the way they act, or the way they speak. I want to try and remember that this is part of their personality, and who they are, just because they grate on my nerves, doesn’t mean they are not a nice person, maybe they find me a drag. If I’m nicer and more tolerant towards them, will I get the same treatment back? I don’t know, but it’s worth a try, isn’t it?
Yet another resolution is to keep in touch with people more. I’m not as good as I should be at writing letters, I usually put one in with the Christmas card once a year to some people that I haven’t seen for a long time. But there isn’t really an excuse for not keeping in touch nowadays, providing we both have a computer. Emails are a great way to keep in touch.
My final resolution is not to leave it so long before visiting old friends. My excuse used to be that they never come to me, I have to do all the visiting, and I’m busy too. However, when somebody you haven’t seen for a while, suddenly isn’t there any more, for one reason or another, it hits home hard. Life is too short to worry about petty things like that, and you wish you had spared the time to do it.
If I can successsfully achieve just one of these resolutions for 2009, I will be happy. A New Year means a new start, that is what I say. I wish you all a happy 2009.