Monday, January 5, 2009
New Year Resolutions and Other Nonsense
By Clare Langley-Hawthorne
I usually view New Year resolutions as a complete waste of time since so far I have never managed to actually keep (or for that matter remember!) any of them but this year I have a few that I really, really, really want to keep and I thought if I committed them to the blogosphere that would somehow make me feel more accountable. I'm sure there's logic in that belief somewhere though in this economic and publishing climate I doubt logic has much bearing on anything at the moment...but here goes - my top five resolutions for 2009. One is noble; one is totally impractical; one is probably totally unrealistic; one reveals an embarrassing lack of ability; and one may be the dumbest thing I've ever tried to do. I leave it up to you to decide which of the five is which!
1. I will put the writing first. This goes beyond a commitment to no more procrastinating over email or anything else that might hinder my progress but to the core of the matter - to stop worrying about all the things I have no control over or cannot change. This leads to a number of other resolutions about having the confidence to assert that what I do is valuable and worthwhile and putting aside those around me who try to undermine that confidence...This could be a whole other blog post so I'd best stop there or I'll never get to any of my other resolutions!
2. I will get my boys to preschool by 8:30am every day - otherwise number 1 will be almost impossible to achieve.
3. I will grow my hair long (pure vanity on my part)
4. I will do whatever it takes to get fit/lose weight so I can fit a certain pair of pants I last wore before I had the twins (I'm not fessing up to just how hard this is going to be!)
5. I will learn how to ride a bicycle (pathetic...I know)
So if you have any other noble, pathetic or vain resolutions please confess them here:) At least I'll know I'm in good company...or you can always tell me again what a waste of time these new year resolutions truly are.