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New Year's Resolutions
Member Name: sy2kgbr
New Year's Resolutions
Advantages: My resolutions will improve my life.
Disadvantages: Only if I keep them.
I don't keep a diary. I really should, but I hate writing things down. I used to buy diaries, start using them, then mysteriously lose them. It was never intentional, it just always happened. A bit like how I could buy an alarm clock, but it would mysteriously stop working. The clock would be fine, the batteries would be full, but the clock wouldn't keep time. Organisation is not something I like to use in my personal life, and the Universe agrees.
New Years Resolutions therefore haven't ever really worked for me. I don't normally like having a schedule mapped out and it doesn't normally work. However, I know that if I'm determined enough to do something, I can. It's not an admirable quality - it all comes down to pig-headed stubbornness. So this year, I've made a few resolutions. We'll see if I've kept them by the end of the year!
1. LEARN SOMETHING NEW
I've always been able to fingerspell in BSL, but for the life of me, I don't know how or where I picked that up. I'd love to learn some actual words, as finger spelling everything is clearly not a practical way to communicate with a deaf person! I realise that for deaf people lip-reading must be second nature, but I suppose my wanting to learn BSL to talk to deaf people, is a bit like me learning French to speak to French people. The majority understand my native language, but I want to make the effort to speak their native language.
Through random googling, I discovered that there's a sign language course running in my area in February, so I've made enquiries and hopefully they'll let me on. As I've found it really hard to find a BSL course that fits into my free time, if I can't sign up for this one, I'll try learning a different language instead. Maybe even Arabic!
2. STOP BEING SO LAZY
I used to practise t'ai chi ch'uan, but when I moved down to England to study, I couldn't find a class near me. I do fuzzily remember the 24 step form, but I would have to do it with someone to do it properly. I've managed to track down a video of someone practising the form, and although this would be a rubbish method to learn for beginners, I think it's going to work for me. Blow the video up to full screen on my laptop, and go through the form at the same time. Easy.
I did briefly considering running, but I think that would be an unrealistic resolution for someone of my great level of laziness...
3. GET A CAREER
I graduate in June this year, which is both exciting and scary. As a languages student, I've had a year of study more than most of my friends, and when they graduated, I felt as if I should have been able to leave university too! So for me, finishing this degree feels long overdue. The only bad thing is that I now have to find a job!
I've applied for lots of different things so far, and I estimate I've typed roughly 50,000 words so far in my search for a job. In my opinion, this is bloody ridiculous, as I've done more writing in my job search than I've done as part of my degree this year, but the ends will hopefully justify the means. Ever since I've been a wee lass, I've wanted to go out there and get myself a career, so I will keep sending off those applications. One company must love me, I'm sure! I just have to find it...
4. FORGIVE MY ENEMIES
Like most people, although I'm perfectly nice 99% of the time, I do have a nasty streak that can surface when provoked. If someone treats me badly, I'm capable of returning the favour. I've got in touch with the people who have hurt me the most, forgiven, and asked to be forgiven, and I'm feeling very positive about it all. People can be right jerks, but if it takes more energy hating them than liking them, you might as well let go and try to get on.
5. BE LESS FAT
This one sounds misleading, as I don't look obviously overweight. But I am carrying around a few kilograms that I don't need, and I know I could shift if I had the determination to do so. I've lost weight before, I know it can be done, but the desire to lose weight has to be there. I resolve to want to lose weight - to find that determination. The rest will follow.
'Be less fat' is a mental thing, as much as it is a physical thing. I often refer to myself as "having greedy eyes". If I eat out at a nice restaurant and have an unexpectedly huge main course, I see the pudding list and want to over myself a gorgeous sounding dessert. However, I'm full, not in the least bit hungry and don't need to eat dessert. My eyes see the dessert and force my stomach to deal with it! 2007 is hopefully going to be year that I train my eyes to like vegetables rather than chocolate!
Those are my five resolutions - good luck keeping yours if you've made any! Happy New Year everyone, and have a great 2007:-)
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