Happy New Year. I know it’s not everyone’s – but for the last few years I’ve celebrated the new year on 1st September. It just seems to work. Heading into autumn and winter when it’s at the start of the year feels more positive. If we begin the year with the harvest, the days shortening, we’re well into it by the time shortest day comes around. I’ve spent a lot of my working life with the academic patterns too, so it all seems to fit. Besides, Greenbelt is a fantastic event to mark the end of a year, and give us things to carry forward in life. So a great celebration of the past year.
So… New Year… that means resolutions. Mine are the same as last year, which probably suggests something quite profound.
1. Try to pray.
When I formulated this one, I was going to stick another word on the end. ‘Better.’ ‘More.’ ‘Regularly.’ ‘Differently.’ Then I figured that actually, none of these fitted because I was still figuring out how the first part of the sentence works for me, and am unlearning a lot of the baggage that I accumulated from Unhelpful Books.
2. Stick to my budget.
I try, I do. I’m not a compulsive shopper (except for books). I hardly go to the pub these days. It’s just I’m not particularly good at not doing interesting things. There are lots of things I want to do in the future that depend on me sticking to the budget now, dull as it is when I’m tired and fed up and really feel I deserve that beer or pizza or new book.
3. Finish my PhD.
This sounds easy. But these last few months will be some of the hardest, and the temptation to give up is always there.
4. Keep running.
Despite outward appearances I don’t always want to go put my trainers on. Not always bounding with energy. So I need to remind myself that it is worth it.