01 January 2007

It's a new dawn, it's a new day

Welcome to the fantastically originally named 2007, from the people that brought you both 2006 and 2005.

I've never been a huge fan of New Year's, mainly because its one of those days that people have a lot of expectations for, which never seem to pan out. Like the rule about odd number Star Trek films (they all suck), my relationship with New Year's seems to have a cyclical nature, rotating between marathon all-night sessions and quieter more civilized evenings, and last night was definitely one of the latter. There was the usual panic over what people would do for the evening, which started off with about 10 of our friends coming over for dinner, and ended with us all going out to set fireworks off at the canal (whizz, bang, flashy-flashy!) at midnight. It was a fun night, with good friends and good food, and a great way to finish up the year. After the fireworks the Very Understanding Girlfriend and I snuck off and went back home and were tucked up in our laba, fast asleep by one o-clock, which was a great way to start the year.

Never being one for resolutions, New Year's or otherwise, I am quite surprised to find that the only one I made last year (to maintain a blog) I have actually kept. So in the spirit of this new found willpower I will start the year with a few more, hopefully more productive, resolutions.

1) Be Healthy. I'm sure everyone starts the year with this, but basically I'm not getting any younger and there are many things I could do to be healthier - no soft drinks, no taxis, less coffee, more exercise. Most of all I need to build a proper work/life balance and get things into perspective.

2) Be Wealthy. No, I don't mean this in the monetary sense, this year I want a wealth of friendships (sounds sappy, doesn't it?). I have not been investing as much time in my friendships as I should, and have not kept in touch with people at all.

3) Be Wise. My biggest problem is the Knowledge/Action Gap, I know that I should do something, or more usually change some aspect of my behavior, but somehow I manage not to do it. The two best (or worst, depending on your perspective) examples of this are my lack of a decent work/life balance and my low money-to-sense threshold. Basically I spend far too much time in work, or thinking about work, which leads to mucho stress and unhappiness, which leads me to buy shiny flashy things in an attempt to distract me from work. I have been aware of this cycle for quite some time now, and yet consistently fail to do anything about it. This year will be different!

So to kick off the year in style, and in an attempt to make some progress on Resolution Number Two (as it shall be called from here on), a good friend of ours from the 'Have is coming over for a week on Saturday. I'm going to take a few days off and do the tourist thing, and show her around the magnificent metropolis that is Dublin city. When the Very Understanding Girlfriend and I moved back to Dublin it took me at least six months before I decided that I was happy to be back. It was only after a friend of ours came over with his American girlfriend and we did the tourist thing with him that I realized what a great city Dublin is. By seeing the city through the eyes of a stranger I fell in love with it all over again, and now I take any opportunity that presents itself to show it off.

Even if it is cold, grey, miserable, dirty, smelly, mean and quite possibly drunk.

Happy New Year!

(Photo credit - a big 'thank you' to the Very Understanding Girlfriend who took the above photo at about 12:15 this morning as we strolled away nonchallantly after setting off a few fireworks on the canal)

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