Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sweat the small stuff

You know how people often say that New Year is just a celebration and Jan 1st just another day. Well, IT’S NOT. New Years is the chance to celebrate/ mourn the year gone by and the 1st of Jan is the chance to decide/ plan how to mould the year to come into something wonderful/ magnificent (or horrid for the sadists). Beside nursing a hangover, that is. This is not about resolutions (although I am a gung-ho / mighty resolution maker and keeper as you will shortly see). It’s about starting each year as if it will be a bigger better version of the year gone by. Being bigger is seemingly limited only to leap years but being better is up to you.

I’ve started the year in a very positive frame of mind. Last year mourned, this year anticipated. Seeing as I do not want a repeat of last year (although outward indicators like the bookshelf and endless holidays are lovely and wholly appreciated), this January I have decided that I am making small resolutions, all cosmetic bandages that will give the appearance of a better life. And in sweating this small stuff I will stop over-thinking things and making mountains out of molehills. Life is too short to be perennially depressed and this year I WILL NOT BE SO.

The small stuff is mainly inconsequential to the larger picture but I feel will give me a sense of achievement and make me feel good about the appearance of my life. I figure that if the outside looks good the insides will want to join the competition and turn for the better. Or just die and no longer be of consequence. In effect I am deciding to become a more shallow person in order to become a deeper person. Don’t ask.

So the Top 5 outward resolutions that I have decided will help my shallower/ deeper/ extreme self are:
1. Get a haircut, look more presentable, start wearing a bit more make-up. Take pride in how I look, whatever my shape.
2. Wear less black and more colour. Get new happier, less goth/ student wardrobe. And save my sneaker/ trainers only for the gym. Look less like a Hobo. Be the envy of all.
3. Follow through with the cooking more & different, eating better & wiser resolution from my birthday. And stick to the gym. The ultimate Gluttons diet.
4. Read a LOT more. The 33rd birthday is only 6 months away and if I want another bookshelf I better finish everything that’s stacked on the first one. And find suitable place for the second monolith. Display my greedy side.
5. Practice my avatar as a sloth. Sleep more and sleep deeper. Last year for the first time I didn’t sleep as much or as well as the preceeding 31 years (and no it has nothing to do with age). Previously though, if sleeping were an Olympic sport V & I would have been strong contenders for gold. I plan to claim that prize.

And I’m going to blog a lot more. If I write it here I can share my pain/ joy/ despair/ horror/ happiness/ wonder/ stories/ tales/ life.

It helps immeasurably that this is a LEAP year.


  1. Anonymous8:07 PM

    I love your (not so) small resolutions. I am with you on 1 and 2, so if you have some tips to share, am more than happy to listen :)

  2. Quote "And I’m going to blog a lot more" Unquote

    Definitely my favourite resolution of 2008! :)

  3. Anonymous10:34 PM

    That third paragraph will go down in history as the BEST BEST thing you have ever written, or thought for that matter.

  4. More sleep and more blogging... a resolution I'd love to take up too but one that's doomed to failure... :(

  5. "In effect I am deciding to become a more shallow person in order to become a deeper person." HAHAHAHA! That's the best thing I've read all day! :D This is gonna go down as one of my favourite quotes! :)

    With you on dressing better and saving sneakers only for working out. Come to think of it, I haven't worn them anywhere else in the last 6 months. And I own two pairs of strappy sandals too! Hehe!

  6. Lovely post. Have a great year.

  7. All the best with the resolute resolutions!

  8. Sounds good! Hope you enjoy the makeover and benefit from it. All the best:)

  9. Trying to be happy, in the genuine way is one of my unspoken res. too.

    Here's wishing you all the very best. 6 months and 33. Boy time is flying by fast no?

    Oh and blogging more often, this I got to see to believe ;)

  10. So: Thanks. Start with the haircut. That gets things moving.

    Shyam: Thanks. I hope to live up to it. I've suddenly got a zillion things to say after the drought of 2007!

    Southways/ Shub: It turns out that Shallower = Deeper. Who'd have thought it!?

    Rohini: No harm in dreaming right!?

    S: You too.

    Dipali: It's a process - let's see where it goes!

    J: That is a fab resolution! I hope you manage it....

    And thanks for counting my march through the 30's. Too fast this flying...

    And blogging, pray tell what would convince you? I thought I was doing quite well for Jan 2008!