Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Famous last words

Blink and it’s gone. That’s how I would describe this year. Okay you can stop blinking now. Snap! It’s over. Three more days and we would be sending New Year greetings to friends and family and people we barely know. And by the time you finally come round to reading this, it may be many days into the new year already.

It seems the older we grow, the faster time flies. And if you spend one year doing the same thing every day and nothing exciting or extraordinary happens, everything blends into one day, and when you look back at the end of the year all you remember is going to work and coming home and doing the same household chores.

Did you ever wonder why we remember our childhood so vividly, while we struggle to remember what we did this time last year, or last month, or maybe yesterday? Why do we remember our first teacher’s name, our first schoolfriends, our first kiss, or the first day at our new job? There may have been dozens of other people or other days afterwards, but why do those firsts remain in our memories? The reason, I have deduced, my dear Watson, is that when we were young and our minds were open, everything was new and exciting and therefore it was burned into our memories.

As we settle down in life and our transformation into a worker ant is complete, there is no more excitement left in us, and so we readily embrace the yoke and go about it everyday because we have to keep our stomachs full. And that is why we look forward to going on holidays because we hope to experience new things and hopefully resurrect those dormant feelings of excitement and enjoyment and of generally having fun.

Well, I hope I didn’t get you feeling all blue and sad. It was not my intention to write all that stuff when I started writing this post, but you know how it is. You write something and that leads to something else and then some other thing and at the end you discover you have strayed very far from the path.

So, the new year will soon pounce on us, and everyone around us will me making resolutions and newspapers will be full of celebrities promising to do this and quit doing that. I have never been a supporter of resolutions because I am a terrible resolution-keeper. Why make a fool of myself, has always been my policy. Oh I know I am always too guarded and too careful and should be reckless once in a while and throw caution to the winds and make resolutions and shout from the rooftops, but you cannot expect me to change overnight, can you?

I hate people who don’t keep their words and promises, and I know that I will just heap guilt on myself if I announce my resolutions and break them (even if nobody knows or cares) and I am not exactly famous for sticking to resolutions.

While I am anti-resolutions, there are three things I would like to see myself doing more of in the new year. 

Read more: I have piles of unread books on my shelf. The half read books, the brand new books, all yellowing and gathering dust, waiting for me to give them a chance. Yet all I do is dust them once in a while and then forget their existence. A friend asked me how I liked the book she gave me on my birthday, and I replied with a vague “It was very interesting” when the truth is I didn’t even start reading it. I'm hoping to avoid these kinds of situations in the new year.

Write more: Last year (2009) I wrote 52 posts, one every week, and that was because I made an effort to do so. I have written 36 posts this year, including this one. I told myself I was uninspired, was too busy etcetera etcetera but at the end of the day they are nothing but excuses. It doesn’t take more than an hour to write one blog post, so I think I should be able to find that one hour out of the one hundred and sixty eight hours in a week. And the only way to improve your writing is to write more and also read more.

Read the Bible: Oh I know I should be ashamed for writing this, but I am very lazy when it comes to the Good Word. Again, same old excuse, “I don’t have the time.” If you really want to do something, my opinion is you will make time for it.


  1. Er ambs, can I just copy and paste all this on my blog? :D All through December I've been meaning to come up with a new post but ermmm...And you've already written here many things I want to write about. Can there be such a thing as plagiarism in blogging, huh? Kidding apart, I've been reading this great book about a woman with early onset Alzheimer (its called Still Alice by Lisa Genova), all about memory and losing recollection of things etc, and I like your take on why some memories stay and some don't. Tricky little thing human memory. And ditto with your three not resolution-resolutions. About reading the Bible, I'm very proud to say that I've actually read through the entire Bible twice, but lately I've been unproudly lax about it, sigh. Do you use these Daily reading helps, btw? They're incredibly useful. Oh and and Happy New Year!

  2. J - Well now that you agree that excuses are just excuses, can we have a new blog post from you? The Alzheimer thing reminds of that Korean movie, about the young couple where the girl has Alzheimers and she checks herself into a nursing home and ahhh it was a real tearjerker, but I think most Korean movies are like that.

    I have the Daily Bread, but it still doesn't help me. You know what I'd do? Read the Bread and not the actual Bible!! I have read the New Testament a long time ago, and I have been trying to complete the Old Testament since maybe four years now, and I am still somewhere in the second book of Kings. Hopefully I will read the entire OT by this time next year.

    And a Happy New Year to you too!

  3. I've resolved not to make any New Year resolution.
    Happy New Year.

  4. I've been pretty much consistent over the years when it comes to blog posts -

    2010 (50)
    2009 (63)
    2008 (57)
    2007 (61)
    2006 (54)
    2005 (42)

    :) Hopefully this year to I am planning to maintain the 50'ish average... :)

    And you're so right, things did move very fast, especially recently. Must be because of the tech innovations etc...

  5. Kim - You are one of the most regular bloggers I know, and all of your posts are lengthy interesting ones. Keep it up!