So here I am on the eve of a New Year and, significantly for me, the year when I will achieve/celebrate the birthday that dare not speak its name . . . . . . aargh! A year during which jokes about my age will NOT be appreciated ….. just remember: everybody who feels smugly younger will eventually be that old…. if they’re lucky….. and once you’re over about twenty-three there’s ALWAYS somebody who thinks you’re old…..
But anyway resolutions: to begin with if you find you’re writing the same thing that you have written for the last 1/2/8/26 years (delete as applicable) are you REALLY likely to change? Maybe you’re aiming too high. So some suggestions, relating to artistic aspirations, and lifestyle decisions:
Planning to start writing 1000 words a week? Why not consider the more achievable goal of one decent sentence a week? Or turn to the classic (and short) haiku.
Planning a more active outdoor life: begin by buying some hiking boots, opening a window, and breathing deeply: then reward yourself with a beer.
Planning to lose weight? buy a more accurate weighing scale so you can see whatever minuscule increments you achieve. Also try plotting your ‘weight loss’ graph in grammes rather than pounds.
So just a couple of ideas: and if there’s one I’m planning to do is this:
decide on achievable goal . . .. and then halve it..
Happy New Year, my friends!!
Last year, I think I started writing the odd Haiku: this is a Haiku about Haiku:
Short, neat and formal
Thoughts pruned to perfect essence