This year has been both prosperous and disastrous for our country, and the world at whole. US Troops came home, but there were bombings in Israel. Windows 8 launched, as did the new iPad mini, but there are 26 people in Newton who will never use these gadgets. It's tragic and bittersweet. But, it seems that the times we live in constantly involve this tug of war between good and evil, success and failure. We can never know happiness without pain, and so I believe we must simply live our lives to the fullest, being grateful for what we have, because there are people who would kill to be in our shoes. This post isn't about fashion. It's one of the only times I will post something that's not here to help you be better on the outside. This post is about your inside. After all, as Audrey Hepburn once said "Makeup can only make you look pretty on the outside, but it doesn't help if you're ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the makeup." So, here are my New Year's resolutions, not for just me (although many of them I need to follow) but also for the world, so that we can continue to make progress and to make the world a better place.
1) Talk it out
We all have a bad tendency to act rashly when confronted with an opinion we disagree with. Whether it's your best friend saying she called dibs on that guy or if it's the leader of another nation saying that land is HIS, it is my belief that starting wars (both literally and figuratively) is something that should only be a last resort. So, put your big girl/boy panties on and at least TRY to talk it out.
2) Respect yourself
This one is mostly for everyday people. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I think, "You're too fat, too ugly, too..." and I know I'm not the only one who does this. But it's time we all start respecting ourselves, even if that just means paying yourself one compliment a day, because in the end, we are our own worst enemies.
3) Respect others
Um...no explanation required. Just do it.
Both in life and in fashion, it's important to experiment. If we always do the same things, life goes by without any new experiences. So next time you are ordering at a restaurant, try one new dish. Next time you are shopping, at least try on that trendy dress. And next time you are sitting in your room alone, be brave, and call up that guy you've been thinking about. Who knows, you just might be surprised.
5) Try your best
Every year we all make resolutions that we never keep. Whether they are to lose weight, experience more culture, stop cursing, etc. everyone has those goals that they set every
New Years that inevitably fall by the way-side. I'm not going to tell you that this is unacceptable, because God knows I have these little broken promises too. No, I'm simply going to tell you to do your best. Your best is definitely not just going to the gym for two days and then saying you are too busy. If this change really matters to you (and it should) then sit down and look at your schedule. Maybe waking up twenty minutes earlier and taking a shower at night instead of in the morning gives you just enough time for a morning run. Maybe not. But the point is, if you don't try, and I mean REALLY TRY, then you never will succeed.
Here's to what has been a great 2012, and hopefully an even better 2013!