The New Year Resolutions and The Bucket List
Now that the New Year has arrived, it is time for making a new year resolution. I have always done it, so notwithstanding the fact that some resolutions never got implemented, I thought why not continue the rich tradition. Traditions are important and one must respect them.
The three New Year resolutions people often make and I too made a number of times need to be addressed first. Quit smoking, Quit drinking and Exercise regularly are those that everyone would have made at some point of time in life. Quit smoking and drinking are not a problem. I quit smoking when I was very young and I had never taken to drinking except occasionally. I suppose that is not bad for health. And I have started [restarted to be precise, why twist facts?] morning walk every day since last week. So how can it be a part of the New Year’s resolution?
Sulabha, my wife, suggests that some resolutions should be made together. Like ‘we will try to understand each other’ or ‘spend more time together’. I would like to caution all young newly married couples to stay away from making such resolutions. These can never be fulfilled and will remain only as a wish list!
Resolutions do not work, isn’t it? There is a reason for it. This became the subject of research. They have discovered that it is all about ‘self control’. Do not laugh. The researchers have a rich history of discovering what was known to people for ages.
Have you seen the movie ‘The Bucket List’? In it a cancer patient who has been told that he has one year to live makes a list of things he would like to do before he kicks the bucket.
Why do we take a bucket list seriously and not a New Year resolution? Is it because we realise that time is running out when we make a bucket list; and when we make a New Year list we feel that we are immortal?
The bucket list [the one made by the hero in the movie, you may like to add to this list in 2009]
Witness something truly majestic
Help a complete stranger for a common good
Laugh till I cry
Drive a Shelby Mustang
Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world
Get a tattoo
Spend a week at the Louvre
Dinner at La Cherie d’Or
See the Pyramids
Get back in touch (previously “Hunt the big cat”)
Visit Taj Mahal, India
Ride the Great Wall of China
Wishing you a very happy new year sir !!
I notice that thiis post has been posted at 1.04 AM !! You have been in your true elements at this time i guess !! 🙂
Your caution to young couples is well heeded !!
And that list, as the current generation says, rocks !! Wishing that all of of that comes alive this year !!
wishing you a very happy new year…may we be blessed with eyes where all our days… all moments are new.
and the bucket is so brimming already that there is not much to add…
Thanks Kavi and Thanks Jyotsana, for your greetings and good thoughts,
Happy new year and hoping you will fill your bucket partly at least by this time next year.
Wishing you and your family a very happy, prosperous, Peaceful and Healthy New Year.
The bucket list seems a very tall order, hope you get to fulfill most of them.
Wishing you happy new year and wish for your bucket list be fulfilled
Nice reading the post.
After reading your bucket list, I felt rejuvenated, especially the fifth one in the list.That’s not bad to strive for, since every other one that I see, seems to fall in the fifth one.
Happy New Year, Sir.
Something waiting for you on my blog !