Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Year's Resolutions and all that

The new year is almost upon us, and the resolutions are flying thick and fast. I have never been a great enthusiast of the concept, because I know, like many, that you are just fooling yourself. Promises made, and yet rarely kept for longer than January. Right? You know exactly what I mean.
Until I read an article about doing it a little differently. Instead of -- this year I will loose the 20kg that I have been promising myself for the last ten years (:-o), or going to the gym (but I hate exercise) or running the Comrades marathon (and I never even park far away from the mall entrance), what about committing yourself to something that you can do?
Like 'be a bit nicer to people' or 'tell someone about something positive that happened every week' or just maybe 'be a better friend to just one other person'? These are not impossible things and yet the impact on your life or that of someone else, can be more far reaching than you might imagine.
I have often thought that loosing that 20kg (at least) will make me a happier person, but will it really? I might be a more healthy (not a bad thing) but if I am happy now, what is that 20kg going to do for me anyway?
So here is my resolution for 2012 - I am going to chase my dream. Yeah, yeah, I know, one of those vague things that will probably only last until 31 January, right? Wrong! I have already put the wheels in motion, and this will only be the beginning.
Géra's Gift (my first novel) will soon be available, and I am not going to stop there. My dream of being a writer will take some time, but I will get there. Even if I have to strangle the muse, now and then.