New Year’s Resolutions: Maybe One or Two

I am not overly fond of New Year’s resolutions. Like 9.9 tenths of folks, I never keep them. I would love to hold up my hand and shout, “Yeah! I’m that point 1 tenth dude that always keeps his resolutions!”

But, I am not.

We all do it. We make commitments that we do truly intend to keep. The impending excitement of another “new” year with all its wonderful windows of opportunity is just too much for us to nonchalantly ignore. We have to step up smartly to the plate and give it our best metaphorical swing.

Who knows, we might just hit a metaphorical home run? We may just live up to that forecasted event or goal that we just know can be met in this new virginal year. After all, the New Year has got to be better than the old one right?

It is always easy to look back at the end of each year and not count our blessings, but count our disasters and mishaps. And (according to the media to some extent) that is normal.

Every year the newspapers and news channel on TV and the internet do “lists” of everything that transpired in that extant year. There is usually more than enough celebrity death, freak weather and mass death to fill up several pages of newspaper or reels of film. I am not saying that all recaps of the year are vulture-like ghoulish recaps of human misery, but there are enough of these lists to make it appear so.

There are some lists that focus on the sentimental or good things that have happened before that great big ball can descend on Times Square at midnight. Some are fun. The “best” film or film moments, for example, are always entertaining, but these do not hold the record for unhappy events nor do they make you yearn for a New Year to “make things better.”

As it gets ever closer to the time when that big ball will finish its descent and mark the beginning of the New Year, more and more of these lists and resolutions will be made public. Of course some folks will not tell anyone what they are hoping to achieve in the new year. Wise choice, the less people who know, the less you have to squirm when you haven’t accomplished this new goal.

The ball just before it drops…sound like puberty doesn’t it?

According to Wikipedia (that all-knowing “Mr Peabody” of the internet) New Year resolutions have been around at least since the Babylonians built their tower. Roman’s also participated; presumably their first New Year’s resolution was to not crucify the son of God again…

Either way this resolution to be better, to do better, to act better has got to be a good thing. Despite the old adage that states, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Surely it is better to have good intentions. Who doesn’t want to be a better version of themselves? Like the song says, ‘Oh Lord please don’t let me be misunderstood.’ Hopefully our good intentions are not misconstrued or misinterpreted. We cannot control that, but we can control how we go about these improvements.

Most of us don’t make any resolutions that involve huge change. We say we’ll stop; smoking, over-eating, binge drinking, messing around, et al. And most of us will fail. I know that I have said for years that my first resolution was to quit smoking in the New Year. *I don’t do the other things listed above.*

This is the first year that I know I will be able to succeed at this 2013 resolution. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. I had my last smoke on 30 August this year. Thus far, apart from the odd nostalgic yearning, I’ve not wanted another cigarette, cigar or pipe. I don’t even smoke the electric cigs any more (too damn expensive).

So I know that I will be able to keep and meet this one New Year’s resolution. While I’ve been writing this blog post I had another “no brainer” resolution pop into my head. Since I cannot one hundred percent guarantee that I’ll accomplish my first resolution (after all, I have an addictive personality and we are all just a bit self-destructive when it comes to smoking), I have one more New Year’s resolution that I know I can keep.

Are you ready?

My second New Year’s resolution is to not give any credence to  Mayan prophecies, like…say…the end of the world.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Wow, 400 Posts! That’s 100 More than the Spartans!

When I looked down and saw that my last post was the 400th one, I was shocked, surprised and not a little proud. I wanted to stand up and thrust my imaginary sword to the sky and yell manfully, “This is Mich-ael!”

All kidding aside, I am really surprised that I’ve managed to keep it up for so long. *and yes, I do know how rude that sounds, thank you* I had no idea that when I started blogging in 2011 that I’d keep writing and posting so religiously. It has become my newest addiction.

It is also my most satisfying endeavour. Through the blogging community, I’ve met some great people and read some great blogs. My follower count (a combination of three different blogs) now reaches over 175.  For someone who never thought he’d get one follower to now being within a gnat’s whisker of having 200, it’s mind-boggling.

Although I’ve reached the over 400 post mark, this one will be 401, I still have not really decided if I should branch out into different pages or not. I have a pretty eclectic range of blog posts. Film, which makes up the majority of my posts is closely followed by personal ruminations and philosophy. I have also done a lot of autobiographical posts as well as health, politics and the odd rant.

My blog title of MikesFilmTalk could be a little misleading I suppose, but as I do talk about film a lot, it seems fitting. My first ever blog was titled Random Thoughts for a Random World. It seemed fitting. Most of my original posts were just that, Random musings.

But as my first love is still writing, cinema and acting my current title seems apt enough.

I’m taking the long way around the barn again, I do apologise.

The point of this short blog post is to say thank you, again, friends and neighbours for your continued support; and for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and followed me? Bless you.

It is the follower’s, liker’s, and commenter’s who brighten my day. I hope I can continue to post at least daily, although I’ve posted several posts in one day in the past) and some days not posted at all.

I am learning a bit more about writing a blog and how to improve on it. I am also loosening up old creative muscles that I thought had atrophied through lack of use. If you are interested here is the first blog post that started me on my way to the over 400 that I’ve written and uploaded.

Moving

Here’s to the next 400!

“This is Mich-ael!”