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Happy New Year! Five Days Late

Happy New Year!

I know. I’ve had a cold.

Being in the publishing business, I’ve been living in 2012 for a while now (I’m up to July), but I like the idea of fresh starts and New Year’s resolutions, even though most of them go the way they go. There’s a great, small Danish bakery, Nielsen’s, a block from where I work, and one day in January, two or three years ago, in the depths of the Global Financial Meltdown, as I was waiting for my mid-afternoon latte and happy-hour nosh (most likely a custard-filled snitter), I asked the barista how business was going. I was worried about them, as I was worried about all small businesses in the area. She admitted that things were pretty slow. “But they should pick up around February,” she added. Februrary? I wondered. Had she heard something I hadn’t? “Why February?” I asked. “That’s when most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions,” she said.

New Year's drinksWe are what we are. But I still like the idea of resolutions even though I don’t write down the New Year’s variety. Maybe my resolution for next year is to write down my New Year’s resolutions.

The ones floating about my head for this year involve getting serious about French again, or Chinese, which is still better than my French, or writing this or that long unfinished project, or reviewing and ranking every superhero movie or baseball movie. They involve reading more, and reading more fiction, and traveling more, and...

Unfortunately, there’s only so much time in the day. In this way, the resolutions contradict one another. They jostle one another for my attention. Me! Choose me! I doubt I can do superhero movies and baseball movies. I can’t study French and Chinese. Things get left behind. Most things. Life sweeps us along.

It’s all about time and interest. I have too little free time and too many interests. I suppose I’ll worry the year when my interests become manageable. It’ll indicate a decided lack of interest in things.

So here’s to the New Year. Here’s to the illusion that we have all the time in the world.


Posted at 08:41 AM on Thu. Jan 05, 2012 in category General  
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kristin wrote:

ALWAYS been my problem...too many ideas...too little time. but we keep trying and we keep doing and if we feel more in tune with french at the moment than french it is (until chinese enters the brain again). i think it's the “clean slate” that i love most. fresh start, new goals, even if we break them (by feb) at least we tried and hopefully had fun while doing so.

happy new year friend!!

it was great to see you (even if briefly) xx

Comment posted on Thu. Jan 05, 2012 at 09:32 AM

Reed wrote:

Man, your list is similar to mine (minus studying Chinese - I leave that to my wife). I am generally against New Years resolutions because they seem cliche, and if you want to resolve to do something, why should you wait for New Years? Yet mine, over the last three years, has always been to read and write more. Thus far I have failed spectacularly on both fronts. And now that I've moved to Switzerland, I HAVE to learn French. And travel, and get my wife to like skiing, and, well, yes, as you say... too many choices, never enough time. So perhaps I should instead resolve to organize my time better. That's actually a bigger challenge and would serve all the other goals. Thanks for putting this in perspective. Happy 2012!

Comment posted on Fri. Jan 06, 2012 at 12:44 AM

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