My Top 5: New Year’s Resolutions

What! Another year has come and gone?! How does time go by so fast?! Sigh.

During my teens, my father tried to explain to me that time seems to speed up as one gets older. Well, I’m here to tell you that he was right (but don’t tell him that!). This quirk of relativity (damn you Einstein!) has led me to reflect on what’s really essential in my life and, more importantly, on what is not.

Think about it : how many goods worthy of a garage sale have we all accumulated throughout the years? How many of them would we actually replace if they all went up in flames? More importantly, how much time did we have to work to earn enough money to pay for these trinkets? Time that could have been better spent reading a good book while sipping a fine wine or visiting family and friends to drink a great wine (I like wine in case you hadn’t caught on).

So if we hold the following premises to be true, that our time on this plain of existence is limited and that the resources available to us are finite, shouldn’t we make the most of our lives? And I’m not talking about ditching work all the time in order to sleep all day and party all night. I’m saying that we should seriously contemplate who we are, what brings us meaningful and lasting pleasure and concentrate all our efforts on achieving the best life possible.

With that goal in mind, I have come up with my Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions :

5. Be better If this resolution is vague, it’s meant to be. In general, I try to improve myself each and every day. And it doesn’t have to be Earth shattering changes, just little tweaks here and there, such as learning something new, or becoming fitter, or acting nicer (I’m kind of a grouchy bear). So this is a work in progress that I’ll keep plugging away at day in, day out.

4. Consider what’s important Family and friends are a given, so they’re off this list. I’m talking about personal interests. You see, I have very eclectic tastes. Having many hobbies is not a bad thing per se, but I tend to go from one interest to another on a fairly regular basis. I need to consider the many pastimes I pursue and concentrate on the ones that are truly engaging.

3. Live with less Where do I start? Everywhere I look, I see books I’ll never read again, DVDs I’ll will never watch again, and mountains of stuff I will never, ever use again. And they just keep piling up. So why is it so hard to simply chuck them? I don’t have a clear answer to that question, but I’m making it my mission to free up space filled with possessions that are superfluous in my life.

2. Live with less, Part 2 This “less is more” philosophy would mean squat if I simply replaced my soon-to-be-departed belongings with new acquisitions. And technological innovations are making this easier than ever. I no longer need to buy CDs when I can simply order music online and store my collection on a hard drive or in the clouds. I no longer need to buy DVDs when all the movies and TV shows I want to watch are on the Web. But having less doesn’t have to mean enjoying life any less, which brings me to my #1 resolution.

1. Don’t forget to have fun It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday, supercharged routine of our daily lives and, in doing so, forgetting to stop and smell the roses once in a while. But in order to function at home and at work, we have to remember to take care of #1, and that’s exactly what I did on the first day of this New Year. So I can safely say that I have met my goal 100% so far. It’s a good start.

On that happy note, I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year!

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