Monday, December 30, 2013

2013, 2014 & New Year's Resolutions

Well it's safe to say the year is practically over. Sure, we still have about 35 odd hours in which some global catastrophe can still happen, such as Miley Cyrus twerking up a storm for New Years. But for the most part, we've had more than a general idea of what the year was about.

And may I say, I am Not Impressed. <Insert Makayla Meme>

Between the garden variety of school shootings and bombings, the world is becoming a less and less wonderful neighborhood to live in. Sure we can talk about medical advances, charity water, and all sorts of movements to bring food to Syrians and everyone else caught in crossfire. But at the end of the day, the issues ranging from debt ceiling and medical insurance for all, to famine and crime- have only gotten murkier and more complex.

Not that 2014 deserves to be written off before having started; but we also can't throw all of everything that's wrong on a symbolic time-keeping concept and hope for it to magically sort itself out. I've heard many people say "2014, please be good to me." Quite honestly, you sound pathetic. Praying to and beseeching an inanimate, intangible concept is absolutely puerile. Let's grow up, people- and start taking accountability for our lives.

New Year's Resolution? How about this. How about instead of saying how much we're going to be healthier, we simply stop zombie-walking towards any flashing neon sign with a dollar menu? You don't need a New Year, a new month, or a Monday. How about now? Today?

How about instead of seeking to amplify the drama in your life by constantly exploiting it, you try to get along with others? How about learning to be at peace with oneself? How about doing something for someone else, without expecting something in return?

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that reasonable expectations and personal determination are really going to be the deciding factor for your 2014. You can't plant peach seeds and expect orange trees. You reap what you sow. Pretty much the easiest maxim in life to understand and one that holds timeless truth that supersedes generations.

So 2014? It's going to be my year; to continue on this road of self-improvement and being a better human being for others.