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Be bloody, bold, and resolute -
Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I

Being resolute worked out so well for Macbeth.

So while my last few New Years' have been exceptional, I'm not really a fan. It's an excuse to stay up late, drink too much and kiss your SO.

In the past, my plans have fallen through often. I have spent cold, lonely winter nights watching Dick Clark oversee the ball drop, wondering what the hell I stayed up for.

Then there's the next day.

This time of year people set themselves up for failure. They tell themselves this year will be different. They conjure up a list of goals, such as this one that I wrote for myself but is probably the same as countless others:
  • Lose weight.
  • Get in shape. (Yes, round is a shape, but that's not the one I'm aiming for.)
  • Pay off more debts.
  • Save more.
  • Shop less.
  • Be a better husband/son/brother/friend.
It's a lot of damned pressure. We're supposed to start changing ourselves for the better after a night of hardcore drinking. It really doesn't work.

So while a bit down on the holiday, I always approve and support people reaching for their highest aspirations. I prefer to think of life not as resolutions but as evolutions. Each day, I'm a different person with all the potential for change as I am on the day we change the calendar. Each day I try to be better. That's all you can ask for.

Nonetheless, I have made one – and only – true resolution for the New Year. And I intend to keep it.


  • Have more fun.



Happy New Year, everyone!


[Posted for LJ Idol Week 14 - Resolute]

Comments

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imafarmgirl
Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Having more fun is definotly a good thing!
thndrstd
Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Thanks for reading. Happy New Year!
roina_arwen
Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
That's a resolution I can definitely get behind! :)
thndrstd
Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
YAY!

Thanks for reading. Happy New Year!
boxsofrain
Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
You know, saving money creates way too much pressure.
thndrstd
Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
It does, although rosepurr is getting pretty good at it.

Thanks for reading.
rosepurr
Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
I love your resolution, snugglepants. Let's have more fun together!
thndrstd
Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, please. :)
finding_helena
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
I had that Macbeth quote going through my head all week.
thndrstd
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, as soon as the topic was posted, it sprang to my mind. No one ever uses the word "resolute." It's always "resolutions" or "resolve."

Thanks for reading.
darkprism
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Fantastic resolution! I can get behind that one completely. :D

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thndrstd
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and thanks for reading. Happy New Year!
baxaphobia
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
I agree. Fun is definitely in order this year! Smile!
thndrstd
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading.
shadowwolf13
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
There should always be more room for fun! :)

Great post.
thndrstd
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
brightflashes
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
You are so awesome for quoting Shakespeare and I wish you willpower and strength for your resolutions! : )
thndrstd
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
walkertxkitty
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Having more fun is something I could definitely get behind.
thndrstd
Jan. 4th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
YAY! Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!
abbismom
Jan. 4th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
heh...when I first read your list I thought you said, "shave more"!!! Well...here's to having more fun!
thndrstd
Jan. 4th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
YAY! Happy New Year and thanks for reading!
theafaye
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
That's the best kind of resolution!
thndrstd
Jan. 5th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading.
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