Everyone makes resolutions at this time of year. The ways in which they wish to change themselves. I’ve never done this because I’ll choose something that will never be kept or the turn of the year isn’t necessarily the time that I feel any need to change anything, This year is different for one reason, my resolution is work related. The end of the year meant the passing of a huge deadline and this should mean no more excessive working hours. I’ve worked a lot this year, sometimes in unsustainable conditions and it will now stop. So I will be working less. This should lead to more free time along with the removal of a few voluntary posts which I’ve relinquished. The free time will be used to regain the fitness that I lost last year, spending time with the friends whom I’ve neglected in the last year and study. I’m hoping to have a big exam session in the autumn so it will need extra time.
Every year I write myself an message which I read at the end of the year. Everything anticipated in the following year and every important aspect of life is covered. Last years was surprisingly accurate. It made me think through the good and bad from the year. Overall it was a good year. There were a few blemishes but they may be addressed this year. The ‘resolutions’ that are never made but always stand are to take risks and to try things that I know are unlikely to work. I feel it’s important to attempt the ridiculous and don’t have the opportunity to do this very often since I stopped playing sports. A well timed holiday brought with it situations and time that encouraged contemplation of a lot of things, which may prove important in the coming year. Time to write another letter to myself.