Marian walked round and round the room, trying to decide what resolutions she could make for the upcoming new year. She’d made lists in the past, but they never came to much, she needed something unique, something fresh but most of all, something she could actually bring off during the year in course.
She thought about the time she’d resolved to give up smoking, it took her eight years to find the well-power to pull that one off and what about the time she’d resolved to lose those extra kilos, well, she pulled that one off too, but only three years later. However much she tried she never seemed to meet her resolutions on time.
She began her list once again. She wrote this and that then deleted one thing and another, feeling absolutely frustrated. Then finally an idea hit her. Why did she have to make negative resolutions? Why not make resolutions that actually suited her personality, her tastes, her culture?
So with the power of her new understanding she wrote, “New Year’s Resolutions” at the top of her document and began her list yet again:
- Eat at least one piece of chocolate a day.
- Go out and eat a pizza with friends at least once a month
- Go to the cinema at least once a month and watch a romantic movie
- Meet up with her best friend weekly at the coffee shop and swap gossip
- Sit down and write on her blog for at least an hour a day
- Chat on Facebook with her friends and post kitten photos and videos
She sighed with a sense of accomplishment. For once she was absolutely certain she’d be resolute enough to follow through on time with her new year’s resolutions. She copied her list using Picasa onto one of her favourite kitten photos and put it onto her desktop, drank the dregs of her tea and went to bed content as the clock struck twelve. Fire crackers went off around town. At last, the new year was born and she said to herself, just before dozing off, happy 2016!
© G.s.k. ‘16
Fresh, adjective: not previously known or used; new or different, recently created or experienced and not faded or impaired, (of food) recently made or obtained; not canned, frozen, or otherwise preserved, (of a person) full of energy and vigor, (of a color or a person’s complexion) bright or healthy in appearance, (of a person) attractively youthful and inexperienced, pleasantly clean, pure, and cool, presumptuous or impudent toward someone, especially in a sexual way.
New, adjective: not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time, not previously used or owned, of recent origin or arrival, 2 already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time.
Resolute, adjective: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.