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The Year of the 13th Floor

Wake up everybody; not only is it a new day, it’s a new year! That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the year is 2013, which, for those of you that are superstitious, could signify an entire year of bad luck.

I am not one of such people, but the way I see it, if buildings don’t have a thirteenth floor then by the same logic shouldn’t businesses not have a thirteenth year and just give everyone an extended paid vacation till 2014? I think so. Let’s start a petition.

New Year’s is arguably my favorite holiday for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s one of the few holidays that is not centered around stuffing your face till you pass out. Secondly, it’s a holiday that is all about reflection. It’s a time to take stock of the past but also a time to look (hopefully) with optimism to the future.

For an introspective dreamer such as myself, it’s the perfect combination. Twelve simple peals of the bell at the stroke of midnight seem to magically bring a renewed sense of expectation and hope even if only for a split second we become dreamers again and let our imagination roam free.

So in keeping with tradition, I have some resolutions for 2013. Whether they last a year or a week is irrelevant; what is important is that I have some. What are they?  Well, I’m glad you asked, because I was going to tell you anyway. My New Year’s resolutions for 2013, in no particular order, are:

  1. I resolve to take short people more seriously. I know I’m horrible, but this is one I can definitely accomplish this year. So for all you men shorter than 5’5” and women shorter than 5’1” I promise I will do better; it’s your year of my undivided attention! Whether or not that’s something you want is another story entirely.
  2. I resolve to finish reading every book I start: If anyone ever told you it’s possible to read more than one book at a time, they lied to you, or at least to me, because when I try to do that all I end up doing is reading none of them.  We don’t watch more than one movie at a time or listen to more than one album at a time, so why do we try to read more than one book at a time? Rubbish.
  3. I resolve to transform myself from a night owl to an early bird: Lets be honest, people who get to bed early are generally pretty lame and clearly are missing out on all that life after 10pm has to offer. That being said there is a certain smugness that comes with being able to say, “I wake up everyday at 6am” that I want to experience and be able to lord over people.
  4. I resolve to eat better: That should probably read, I resolve to not eat for pleasure anymore. Reality check: Eating for pleasure is the luxury of people under thirty so for those of you who still fall in that demographic, enjoy it while it lasts, because once that metabolism slows down, it’s a wrap, which incidentally is what you will be eating lots of until someone comes up with a groundbreaking report on how cake and fried food is actually good for you.
  5. I resolve to take more chances: This is perhaps the one resolution from 2012 that I was most successful in maintaining over the course of the year and one that still feel I can build on in 2013. The combination of being a people pleaser and having a fear of rejection can be a deadly combo. It’s something that I have had to make a conscious effort to shake and it’s not been easy, but I have seen some good results from my efforts thus far and am anxious to keep building on it.

So there you have it, my New Year’s resolutions. It may be 2013 but by golly, this is going to be anything but an unlucky year for us all! So make sure you enjoy today because tomorrow the holiday season officially ends and the hangover of settling back into work will officially begin. Maybe we should resolve to get started working on that petition.

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