I hate the tradition of recognizing a new year and setting resolutions.
Even when I resolve not to make goals, I can't help but think of what the upcoming year holds--changes I want to make, dreams I want to see come true. And they are daunting, requiring an ever-present persistence.
I always want to be more faithful, more fruitful and more fit.
I want to be more present, less absent.
I want to be moved by the little things and, maybe even, the big things.
I want growth.
I want to "...live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life..." -Henry David Thoreau
So I won't set a resolution that will only be broken into a thousand dejected pieces.
Instead, I will only hope that when I come to die, I will not discover that I never lived.