My New Year’s Resolution is to Keep My New Year’s Resolution

Happy 2013, everyone! Are you ready to kick off the new year with a big bang? Or do you find yourself starting this January sleepily dragging your behind back to work? Let’s wake up and get excited for bigger and better things, people!

So truth be told, I actually haven’t made a New Year’s resolution. I can’t remember the last year that I did. There’s two reasons why I’ve bowed out for 2013. The first is that I feel like I’ve gained enough motivation and momentum from 2012 to continue bettering myself in the new year without any pre-defined goals.

And secondly — as the title implies — I don’t have the greatest track record for keeping the NYRs that I have made. I don’t think most of us do.

Canadians New Years Resolutions 2011 Toronto Star

Of the friends I’ve asked, almost all don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions. To them, NYRs merely represent “empty promises”. But there are a couple who have set some lofty goals, including the second top NYR of last year: to quit smoking. And I actually believe that they have a good chance of sticking to it.

New Year’s resolutions aren’t typically goals that we can attain with the snap of our fingers. Inspired by the “fresh new start” that apparently comes delivered on January 1st, many of us pump our fists in the air with newfound purpose and declare: “Yes, I can!” At least for the time being it seems like anything is truly possible.

But somewhere along the way — a week later, two, three months into the grind — our resolve wilts like flowers in the harsh, winter snow. The NYR that was becomes no more.

new-years-resolution-list

So how is it that some people are able to achieve what they’ve set out to do for an entire year? Are they a special breed? Do the ones who make it to the end choose resolutions that were just easier to resolve?

I can’t give you the answers. I’m not one of these people. Doesn’t mean that I’m not inspired or want to improve myself this year. I’m just not ready to set anything in stone right now ;)

Calvin and Hobbes New years resolution comic

What’s your New Year’s Resolution? And what does it take to see one’s NYR through to the end of the year?

– Cafe <3

Credits: Canadians’ NYRs stats,Β January list comic,Β Calvin and Hobbes comic

Inspire Me

Lately, all I’ve wanted is to be inspired. Inspired to dream. Inspired to know that there’s bigger things out there waiting to be experienced. Inspired to think outside the box of my own little world as I know it.

When I was younger, one of my secret wishes was to be a photographer for National Geographic. I loved reading the magazines, marvelling at the extraordinary photos that someone got to take. Yes, some other person was in that place that I could only stare at on the page before me.

They got to view that beautiful landscape in person, or witness that animal as it was gliding in motion. I would daydream that I was that world explorer, riding along the Serengeti in Africa in a jeep, waiting for the opportune moment to capture something crazy spectacular that unfolded before my eyes.

That dream was eventually forgotten, but I still love reading National Geographic and I still get that inspired feeling when I gaze at the photos that have been shot all around the world by adventurers. Or that feeling of complete disbelief when I read articles like the one about free-climbing (where people mountain climb up thousands and thousands of feet without any ropes or harness).

It’s not that I necessarily want to be inspired to scale a mountain ropeless (I don’t). But I want to be inspired to know that there’s a whole wide world out there that’s so incredibly different and beautiful, and that if someone else could have been there to take a picture of it, well, then no doubt I could be there too.

– Cafe <3

Top photo: Moonlit Canoe, Alagash River

Morning Landscape, Lithuania

Tundra Trek, Svalbard

Aurora Borealis, Iceland

Olympic National Park, Washington

Waikawau Bay, New Zealand

Yosemite Free-Climber

Serengeti, Tanzania

Oceanic White Tip Shark, Bahamas

If you could be teleported to anywhere in the world — on the peak of a mountain, at the bottom of the ocean, or maybe just on the patio of a coffee shop in another country — where would you want it to be?

Β Dream big!

All photos from National Geographic