Call me cynical, but I always saw New Year’s resolutions as destined for failure. It’s easy to overachieve while riding the high of “new year, new me”, and even easier to quit come February after one off day mars an otherwise perfect record. And so, at some point, I stopped making resolutions entirely.
Then, a few years ago (following a particularly rough year), I chose instead to keep a scrapbook for 365 days. It wasn’t so much for sentiment, as it was to chronicle all of my accomplishments, endeavors and adventures in a year’s time…so as to not feel regret for all the things left undone, but rather reaffirm all the things that did happen.
Entering a fresh blank decade, I thought I’d like to revive that tradition. Throughout the year, I will come back to this post to add in the things worth noting–so that 365 days later (or whenever I might feel like I’m not where I’m supposed to be), I might look back at where I was and appreciate how far I’ve come. Because the only resolution worth making (and the only resolution guaranteed possible), is to be better.
Happy New Year.
|01/01||Happy New Year!|
|1||Albert Camus; The Stranger|
|2||Franz Kafka; The Metamorphasis|
|3||Anne Rice; Prince Lestat|
|4||Anne Rice; Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (currently reading…)|
Mikhail Bulgakov; The Master & Margarita
Patrick Ness; More Than This
|non-fiction||Emily Gerard & Agnes Murgoci; Transylvanian Superstitions||1|
|Sabine Baring-Gould; The Book of Werewolves (currently reading…)||2|
|Queued: Johnson Smith: The Book of Forbidden Knowledge|
|1||01/18||Weathering With You|